‘Dangerous’ parolee captured

Romie Seals

PALMDALE – The manhunt is over for a dangerous GPS-monitored gang member who cut off his ankle bracelet and then vanished.

Romie Garland Seals was captured by Palmdale sheriff’s deputies on Sunday (Aug. 4), according to Larry Dorsey, California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor.

Seals was arrested around 6:50 a.m. on 3rd Street East near Palmdale Boulevard, according to Palmdale Station jail records.

The 33-year-old parolee is being held without bail, and further details on his arrest and charges were not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.

Seals had been on the run since July 24, when he cut off his GPS ankle monitor and tossed it in the desert near 10th Street West and Rosamond Boulevard.

The local parole office immediately put out a public safety alert because of the parolee’s violent criminal history, which includes possession of firearms and assaulting a peace officer. Seals is one of 20 dangerous gang members in the Antelope Valley required to wear an ankle monitor for tracking, according to Dorsey.

Seals was paroled in 2011 and has violated his parole numerous times since his release, Dorsey said. His parole violations include drug use and absconding parole supervision.

Asked about the effectiveness of GPS ankle monitors, Dorsey said: “The GPS tags that we have on the parolees are just a supervision tool, they do not prevent the parolee from committing crime.”

Dorsey said the local parole office will be answering questions about its GPS ankle monitors at a National Night Out crime prevention event in Lancaster this Thursday. The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., Aug. 8 at American Heroes Park, located at 701 West Kettering Avenue.

“We’ll have a couple of GPS tags [on display] and we’ll be talking about how they work,” Dorsey said. “We’d like the public to come out and see what the parole division does.”

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  11 comments for “‘Dangerous’ parolee captured

  1. Johnny Trece
    August 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    He looks demonically possessed.

    • sikntired
      August 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Rode hard and put away wet.

  2. yabbadabba
    August 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Great job LASD. I’m happy he’s off the street. Now to find the remainder of gang members with or without ankle bracelets. He is skeleton look-a-like…zombish.

  3. Giggles333
    August 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    This guy is”one of 20 dangerous gang members in the Antelope Valley required to wear an ankle monitor for tracking” – boy that just gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside! Not.

  4. Joe Mama
    August 8, 2013 at 6:52 am

    What an idiot. He breaks free from his anklet and hides out 15 miles down the road.

  5. sikntired
    August 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    So glad they got him before he had a chance to look in the mirror and scare himself.
    The faces of meth.

    • kentucky blue
      August 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      absoluetly spot on comment. how does the av feel about imposing legislation to punish public officials or police officers who break the law more harshly than other criminals? for example, a deputy in palmdale is arrested on charges of rape,etc if convicted he faces 8-9 years maybe? how about adding an additional 5-10 years because he was sworn to protect the comunity.this would apply to child molesting teachers as well. if you are in a position of authority and abuse it should you be punished more?keep in mind if you are innocent this law would not apply to you. just posting to gauge responses.

      • sikntired
        August 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        I’d say yes because of the trust that is placed in these individuals because of their position in the community.

      • Nancy P
        August 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        I thought there is some sentencing that includes abuse of power guidelines that increases time. ie, firefighter found guilty of touching teenage girl got additional time.

  6. Up2here
    August 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    That’s great they caught him while patrolling!

  7. James Sosa
    August 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Never let him out !

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