HINDSIGHT

Police Missed Opportunity to Save Jaycee

The case of rescued kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard is inspiring a lot of "if onlys" in Northern California, especially among law enforcement. A few years ago, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call reporting that Phillip Garrido had a tent in his backyard, and that children lived there. The caller also described Garrido as "psychotic" and said that he had a sexual addiction, the Los Angeles Times reports. The department sent a deputy to investigate the situation, but he and Garrido never left the convicted sex offender's front yard. The deputy warned him that living outside was a code violation, but concluded that there was no criminal activity taking place. Now, Sheriff Warren Rupf is apologizing for what was likely a missed opportunity to rescue Dugard and her two daughters, allegedly kept captive by Garrido behind his home for 18 years. "I cannot change the course of events," Rupf said. "We are beating up ourselves over this." Garrido and his wife could face multiple life terms if convicted of the more than 24 criminal counts they've been charged with.