Sheriff’s officials: Two kids, 7 and 8, found alive in Texas after being kidnapped by sex offender


BOSQUE COUNTY, TX – Two children who were reported missing earlier in September were reportedly recovered by law enforcement, with officials saying that the children – ages 7 and 8 – were allegedly abducted by a family member who is also a registered sex offender.

The incident began at approximately 10:45 p.m. on September 24th after Bosque County deputies responded to a residence in Walnut Springs regarding a missing 7-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl.

Deputies learned that the missing children may have been abducted by a family member, identified as 34-year-old Randall Thurman.

After authorities learned that Thurman was a registered sex offender, the search for the children became all the more critical.

A notification regarding the missing children and the suspected abductor was sent to neighboring counties – with Houston Police also being notified since due to Thurman reportedly having a residence established in the city.

On September 25th at approximately 1:40 a.m., Bosque County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the 7-year-old boy had been located at a convenience store on I-35 in Hill County and local authorities had the child in custody.

The young boy was reportedly bound with clear packing tape on his throat and arms, with the child telling local authorities that he’d been bound by Thurman and that he still had his 8-year-old sister. The child was then later transferred to an area hospital for unspecified treatment.

An Amber Alert was placed for the 8-year-old girl who was still missing at the time, which made the search for the child statewide.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. on September 25th, Thurman’s vehicle was spotted by a local in Hill County at his property, nestled between a group of trees.

The local contacted the Hill County Sheriff’s Office about Thurman’s vehicle, which deputies attempted to make a stop upon arriving at the scene – but a pursuit ensued with the suspect.

Hill County deputies pursued Thurman’s vehicle, which was traveling northbound on FM 171 toward Cleburne. After just crossing into Johnson County, deputies observed Thurman’s vehicle merge into center lane of the road and sped directly toward an oncoming vehicle.

Officials believe that Thurman did this intentionally.

At the intersection of FM 191 and Johnson County Road 302, Thurman reportedly crashed head-on with an oncoming vehicle. Deputies immediately closed in on both of the vehicles involved in the crash to ascertain the potential injuries sustained by all parties involved.

Thurman died in the collision, as well as the driver of the other vehicle Thurman collided with. Authorities have not released the identity of the deceased driver who was not involved in the pursuit.

As for the young girl, she was found in the passenger seat of Thurman’s vehicle alive. Officials say that the young girl was conscious and able to communicate with authorities before a CareFlight helicopter arrived and transported her to an area hospital for emergency treatment.

Officials have not yet provided an update on the young girl’s condition.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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Democrat-backed convicted sex offender from Wi Spa incident who exposed himself to girls skips court

(Originally published September 20th, 2021)

LOS ANGELES, CA – According to reports, the 52-year-old convicted sex offender who was charged with several felony counts of indecent exposure for allegedly exposing himself to women and young girls at the L.A.-based Wi Spa in June had a warrant issued for his arrest after missing a court appearance for a separate indecent exposure case that occurred in West Hollywood.

On September 8th, a judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court issued a second arrest warrant for 52-year-old Darren Agee Merager, the roughly 6-foot-2, 200-pound biological male who claims to be a woman.

Merager reportedly missed a court appearance related to six felony counts of indecent exposure regarding a December 2018 incident where he allegedly exposed himself to both women and children in a changing area at a swimming pool in West Hollywood Park.

The at-large suspect is also a registered sex offender, having previous convictions of indecent exposure from 2002 and 2003 and was also convicted of failing to register as a sex offender back in 2008.

His latest legal troubles, which he was charged for back in late August, stem from a June 24th incident where he exposed himself to women and children at the Wi Spa in Los Angeles. Merager is currently facing five felony counts in that particular case.

Speaking to the New York Post, Merager claims that this arrest warrant for failure to appear is tantamount to “kidnapping”:

“I consider this a kidnapping! My anonymity is being ruined in a slanderous way.”

While speaking with the Post, Merager addressed the allegations against him regarding the Wi Spa incident, as complainants said he had an erect penis while exposing himself to women and children at the spa. His response was that they were mistaking his large endowment with being an erection:

“I don’t have a small penis but you can’t say that’s an erection. What if you used the men’s room and someone said they don’t like the size or shape of your penis? That’s what they’re doing.”

When the Post asked Merager about one of his previous convictions from 2003, where he was caught masturbating while watching an elderly woman through her window in Arcadia, he chalked it up to just being at a place he “didn’t belong”:

“I may have been somewhere I didn’t belong but I wasn’t doing it for gratification and I wasn’t showing myself off.”

But the Post also asked questions about incidents where police were called, but Merager was never charged. One involved him allegedly exposing himself at a gas station in June of 2018 while he was still on parole for a burglary case.

Three customers from the gas station told the cashier that he was standing at the pump wearing see through fishnets and exposing his penis. Police did review surveillance video from the gas station and found a male suspect standing at the pump for roughly an hour and lifting their leg up to expose their genitals.

However, no charges ever came about because no victims ever filed a formal complaint with police.

Then in December of 2018, Merager had reportedly exposed himself exposed himself to high school at the Palm Springs Swim Center. A high school girls’ water polo team were at the swim center with coaches, and Merager reportedly went into the women’s changing and shower area in a state of undress while the young girls were in there.

According to the police report, the following was written regarding the incident:

“Merager advised he was only showering and did not masturbate or touch himself inappropriately. He said that he would defend himself if he is threatened. He said he needs to swim to do his physical therapy.”

Merager told police that he identified as a woman and that his doctor told him to use whatever facilities made him comfortable – and thus, he was neither arrested nor charged in that incident.

The convicted sex offender claims that his criminal cases are evidence of “systemic transphobia.” He further claims that he won’t turn himself into police until he feels it’s “safe”, congratulating himself on how police are having difficulty locating him:

“They’re having a tough time tracking me down. That’s good. They’ll find me when I turn myself in.”

Whenever Merager is arrested, therein lies a strong possibility that he’ll be jailed with biological women.

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Trans “woman” who exposed self to woman and children, sparking Wi Spa battle, is registered sex offender

(Originally published September 2nd, 2021)

LOS ANGELES, CA – The man who identifies as a female that reportedly sparked the Wi Spa incident that led to protests back in June is apparently a registered sex offender with a history of indecent exposure.

Furthermore, reports indicate he’s also facing criminal charges related to the alleged indecent exposure at Wi Spa back in June.

video that went viral back in June relates to an incident that occurred at the Wi Spa back on June 23rd, where the video showcased a woman complaining to Wi Spa staff that a man was in the women’s section of the spa exposing his genitals to women and young girls:

“It’s okay for a man to go into the women’s section, show his penis around the other women, young little girls – underage – in your spa?”

“He is a man – he is a man. He is not no female – he is not a female.”

The woman complaining in the video was telling staff about the incident, which she was seemingly being dismissed and one other male in the spa actually tried to come to the defense of the man reportedly exposing himself in the women’s area:

(Man confronting woman): “Are you talking about a transgender person?”

(Woman recording video): “There ain’t no such thing as transgender, he has a dick. Okay? He has a penis – his penis is hanging out.”

(Man confronting woman): “You’re being a dick.”

(Woman recording video): “Okay, no, I’m not one. Actually, I’m a woman who knows how to stand up and speak up for my rights. As a woman, I have a right to feel comfortable without a man exposing himself, okay?”

The entire ordeal led to heated protests outside of Wi Spa in the days that followed, with reports noting that Antifa-inspired protesters clashed with various women’s rights groups going on into July outside of Wi Spa.

A report from the Los Angeles Blade published on July 7th went so far as to allege the incident was “staged” because “no transgender person can be seen” on the woman’s video, among other subjective elements.

However, it turns out that there was someone who allegedly exposed themselves at the Wi Spa on the day of the incident who is now facing criminal charges. Furthermore, the individual facing charges is also a registered sex offender, identified as 52-year-old Darren Agee Merager.

On August 30th, following an investigation by the LAPD, five felony counts of indecent exposure were filed against Merager.

Sources say that four women and a minor girl came forward to authorities and alleged that Merager was exposed and erect while in the women’s section of the spa back in June.

On top of these charges related to the June incident, Merager is also facing six felony charges of indecent exposure over a separate incident that occurred back in December of 2018.

Prosecutors say that Merager has exposed himself to both women and children in a changing area at a swimming pool in West Hollywood Park.

After police arrested Merager in 2018 for the aforementioned incident, an internal flyer from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that was shared with law enforcement agencies in southern California inquiring whether other “similar incidents” involving the suspect read as follows:

“Darren Merager was arrested on 12/30/2018 for an indecent exposure incident in which he exposed himself to women and children in the women’s locker room of West Hollywood Park.

Merager claims to identify as female so he can access women’s locker rooms and showers. Merager is a registered sex offender and a transient with family in Marina Del Rey. Please contact Det. Simpson with any similar incidents.”

Merager has previous convictions of indecent exposure from 2002 and 2003 in California and was also convicted of failing to register as a sex offender back in 2008.

Merager was also sentenced to prison for four years back in 2014 after pleading no contest to a burglary charge where he stole “millions of dollars in artwork, jewelry, wine, and a Porsche from the Santa Monica home,” according to reports.

Merager spoke with the New York Post about the Wi Spa incident, claiming that the woman who filmed her interaction with Wi Spa employees never saw him naked:

“She never saw me naked. I was underwater with water all the way up to my chest.”

The repeat felon and convicted sex offender claims that he was the victim in the Wi Spa incident, proclaiming that he was subjected to sexual harassment and transphobia.

He claims that his cases involving indecent exposure from both Wi Spa and West Hollywood Park show a “pattern of abuse” against men who identify as women because when men disrobe around women and children “people simply claim indecent exposure and you’re arrested.”

Merager says he’s also trying to have the laws changed in California so that he and other men can go into areas designed for women and expose themselves with impunity:

“If you go into an area where you’re expected to be nude, there has to be an indecent exposure exemption.”

The convicted sex offender said that he’s been in contact with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office after learning about his warrant and has plans to turn himself in.


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