At least one concerned resident in Mount Pleasant is taking matters into his or her own hands with convicted serial rapist Larry Takahashi, who’s believed to be residing in the neighbourhood.
Posters were splashed at a nearby East Vancouver school, suggesting the man once known as the Balaclava Rapist was spotted in the area in late August, even pointing out what bus the notorious rapist takes on a daily basis.
In late July, the 63-year-old caused controversy when it was learned that the Parole Board of Canada granted day parole and that he’d be residing in Vancouver, despite numerous conditions.
Vancouver Police have issued a number of warnings about Takahashi, who targeted women and young girls when he committed his attacks on dozens in the 1970s and 1980s.
Shortly following the announcement of Takahashi’s release, a former Edmonton Police officer says he strongly disagrees with the decision.
Jim Cessford says generally speaking, he believes in rehabilitation; but in some cases it’s not going to happen.
“….this isn’t just a one time affair; this isn’t just some mistake that he has made. He is a criminal and I don’t know that he is ever capable of being…of turning his life around.”
According to Corrections Canada, Takahashi’s exact residence location cannot be released to the public.