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Schools send out alerts to parents on search for fugitive rapist
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Robert Blainey is one of New York State's most wanted fugitives and virtually every police agency in Central New York is looking for him, including the U.S. Marshals Service.
Blainey stopped reporting to his parole officer, and disappeared from the radar of the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Police and U.S. Marshals are worried because history has shown that, once free, Blainey goes back to his violent ways, racking up more victims. Marshals say this dangerous fugitive has a history of not learning from his crimes
"He went to prison, came out on parole, while on parole, committed two more rapes, which is why he went back to prison and is back on parole," said U.S. Marshal Jamie Farrington. "Now he's absconded again and we don't know where he is."
Blainey was arrested and convicted of attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl in 1984 in Madison County. While on parole for that crime, Blainey was arrested on November 11, 1988 on two counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. He was convicted of first-degree rape.
Since he was paroled in May 2009, Blainey has been living at 907 Rutger Street in East Utica, less than half a mile from Albany Street Elementary School, with a non-stop stream of young students, from Albany or nearby Proctor High School, walking by his house every weekday on their way home from school.
"I wasn't aware of this," said Neighbor Leticia McMahon. "Right now, I'm in shock about it."
McMahon said she had no idea her neighbor was a serial rapist on New York State's list of 100 Most Wanted Fugitives and the timing of his disappearance from parole's radar couldn't be worse, with Halloween just days away
"It's one more thing to be considered, because kids are going to be out on the streets," Farrington said. "Parents should be mindful"
There have been sightings of Blainey in the past week in the area where he lived on Rutger Street, but those leads turned into dead ends for police. Still, they can't be everywhere and they're asking everyone to keep an eye out for this face.
"Our feeling is, we'd rather get 100 bad tips than a good one than have everyone say, 'well, I'm not really sure, so I'm not going to call,'" Farrington explained. "If you think it's him, call. We have people on the street. We will come and make sure."
Police ask anyone who thinks they might have seen Robert Blainey to call the U.S. Marshals tip line at 315-690-1834.
Area schools sent out automated messages to parents Wednesday warning them that a wanted fugitive was possibly in the area.
State law says a paroled sex offender must live more than 1,000 feet from a school, so Blainey was not violating the law with his residence, in spite of the fact that young students walk by his house every day.