A Florida sheriff threatened Wednesday to jail fugitives that seek shelter from Hurricane Irma.
If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we'll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail https://t.co/Qj5GX9XQBi— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) September 6, 2017
"If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we'll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd tweeted.
Judd, known to be a firebrand in Polk County, issued a series of tweets warning criminals of consequences if they are found at hurricane shelters. He also offered a stern warning to sex offenders.
"We cannot and we will not have innocent children in a shelter with sexual offenders and predators. Period," Judd said in another tweet.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, officers will be at each shelter checking IDs to ensure that criminals and sex offenders will not be permitted inside.
"Officers are legally obligated to take a person into custody if they have a warrant," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman told the Orlando Sentinel.
The goal, according to officials, is to encourage criminals to turn themselves in while ensuring the county's shelters are kept safe for families.