Child molester tracked down

first_imgPALMDALE – A convicted child molester who disappeared from the motel where he was supposed to be living and failed to register as a sex offender was found hiding at his sister’s downtown condominium, officials said. John Czifra, 33, who was supposed to be living in a motel on Sierra Highway in Lancaster, was spotted Tuesday night in an alley outside the 10th Street East condo and ran inside, where officers eventually found him after he first tried to jump off a balcony to escape. “He was hiding under a pile of dirty clothes in the bedroom,” sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Bistline said. Czifra’s sister was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. Officials will recommend that the government rent subsidy that helps pay her rent be revoked because methamphetamine and marijuana were found there and she was letting a wanted parolee hide there, Bistline said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA teenager recently released from probation camp was cited at the condo for possession of marijuana, Bistline said. Czifra was paroled in February for an Antelope Valley vehicle theft, but was required under state law to register his whereabouts for an earlier felony conviction for lewd conduct with a child under age 14, state records show. He had been wanted since April 10 after disappearing from the Tropic Motel in Lancaster. Czifra was picked up as Palmdale Partners Against Crime deputies, parole agents and probation officers, as well as a county housing investigator and city building inspectors, visited homes of parolees, probationers and Section 8 rent subsidy recipients where problems have been reported. In all, on Tuesday afternoon and evening, the officers visited eight homes and arrested five people, including a probationer arrested at his East Avenue Q-15 home on a warrant charging him with possession of drugs for sale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more