A heavily tattooed sexual predator who calls himself Pirate, having left Fairbanks on Christmas Eve and appeared in Redding, Calif. now has that community up in arms.
Social media groups (“Redding Pirate Tracker”) and news reporters have been sounding the alarm, and one television news story focused on how the news of his arrival in Northern California may trigger anxiety in victims of sexual violence.
He told reporters he just wants to collect his government disability check and then he’ll move along; he made the same statement in Fairbanks.
Pirate, aka Raven, has no small history of rape and assault accusations, along with other violent and nonviolent crimes.
In 2015, a woman flew to Fairbanks to join Pirate, who took her to his rough cabin in Manley, where he subjected her to torture and rape over a five-week period.
According to court documents, Pirate beat, kicked, and bit her daily, cut her with a knife and duct-taped her to him at night so she could not escape. He tied a rope around her neck and tethered the other end to the rafter during the day.
After weeks of torture and rape, the woman was able to call for help and was rescued by a helicopter on Nov. 8, 2015. She later died of unrelated causes.
DNA from that case helped authorities arrest Pirate for a previous unsolved rape case from 2004 in Nevada. He was extradited from Alaska to Las Vegas in 2016, but pleaded down the charges to a single count of “sexually motivated coercion.”
Redding citizens have a special reason to be concerned. On Feb. 5, 2004, Pirate broke into a hotel room, where he beat a woman with a belt and raped her. He wasn’t arrested for that crime until 2010, and he served four years in prison.
Born Daniel Selovich, he legally changed his name to Pirate in 2013. He’s been transient for years, living in the drug world of the urban homeless camps across the west and in Florida.
Police stopped him while he was panhandling on the street to see who they were dealing with.
Then, police issued a warning for people to not harass the man in any way but to treat Pirate “like every other man you see on the street.”
“Don’t try to grab him or attack him if you see Pirate out and about,” Redding police Sgt. Todd Cogle told a reporter. “I live here and I have loved ones here as well. I know it’s worrying to know that he is on the streets but he is a free man. You have to treat him like every other man you see on the street.”
The Redding Police Department has received at least six calls from fearful citizens. But Pirate is not currently wanted for any crimes.
Pirate caused fear when he arrived in Fairbanks in early December, 2019, just before the intense cold season set in. He was living in the woods, but spending his days at a McDonald’s restaurant, posting on Facebook, and trying to reestablish himself in Alaska.
Pirate ended up at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in mid-December, but the details of his stay are protected by law. He left the hospital, and then left the state on Dec. 24. By then, the temperature in Fairbanks was bitter cold.
The Fairbanks Facebook group that was tracking him, which grew to nearly 4,800 members in the three weeks since Pirate had been sighted, went dormant.
Dr. Patricia Bay, a psychologist in the Redding area, said the intense coverage and awareness on social media can scare victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and make them feel vulnerable. But it’s also a wake-up call for them to remain vigilant. Bay, in this televised interview, advises victims to stay strong by being aware of their surroundings: