Florida sheriff offers suspects shelter from Irma

Hurricane Irma: Polk sheriff warns IDs will be checked at evacuation shelters

It's a hurricane shelter showdown, all started with a tweet from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

"We can not and we will not have innocent children in a shelter with sexual offenders and predators".

A Florida sheriff on Wednesday issued a warning to sexual offenders and those with warrants for their arrests that they are not allowed in hurricane shelters in his jurisdiction.

In anticipation of the hurricane and people being ordered to evacuate, he announced that his officers would be checking for warrants at shelters and arresting anyone who had them.

According to the FOX 13 footage, Judd said those with minor outstanding warrants had the choice to "go to book in, take care of it, get out, and then you can come to the shelter".




"We're hopeful there would be less fear of going to jail than there would be staying home during a catastrophic storm", she said. Turn yourself in now for free shelter!

People with active warrants in one Florida county may want to reconsider heading to a shelter during Hurricane Irma. The Category 5 storm with near record-breaking wind speeds in excess of 180 miles per hour is expected to hit Florida this weekend, but its precise track is still being determined, according to the Washington Post. "Period", the sheriff's office officials wrote on Twitter.

"I was just trying to keep people informed ahead of time", Horstman told The Tampa Bay Times. The Department of Homeland Security says it will not use shelters to catch undocumented immigrants.

Twitter users were outraged by the statements as the potentially life-threatening storm approaches southeast Florida. As does whether or not there'll be a Polk County left when Irma is done with it.

"If you look for a shelter from Irma, be warned: sworn officers will be at each shelter to monitor the identities".

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