Sex offender who escaped from San Mateo mental health facility found panhandling in S.F. 

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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about finding an accused sex offender Saturday morning in San Francisco who had earlier escaped from a mental health facility in unincorporated Redwood City.

Derrick Sanders, 34, was reported missing from the Cordilleras Mental Health Facility at 200 Edmonds Road around 4 a.m. Friday, said San Mateo County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Schumaker.

Sanders appears to have made his escape through an elevator shaft.

Around 9 a.m. Saturday morning someone in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf noticed a man panhandling near Beach and Powell streets who looked like the escaped parolee who had been in the news, according to the sheriff’s office.

San Francisco police responded to the area and found Sanders and took him into custody. He was booked at the San Francisco County Jail where is awaiting transport to the San Mateo County Jail, sheriff’s officials said.

Sanders, a transient who frequents both San Mateo and Alameda counties, has a history of violence, weapons and sex offenses and currently faces a misdemeanor charge for an alleged sex offense against a minor in San Mateo County, as well as a parole violation, Schumaker said.

Authorities said Sanders is considered a “high risk” offender with mental health issues.

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