Fox 4 Investigation: Southwest Florida sex offender lists Walmart as home address

Posted at 8:43 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 08:17:40-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.  - A 4 in Your Corner investigation finds a registered sex offender officially listed a Southwest Florida Walmart as his home.

The man was convicted of using a computer to lure children for sex.  One of Walmart's employees even recognized the sex offender but couldn't tell us much about him.

Just a few days ago, 27-year-old Isaiah Jones reported the Walmart in Lehigh Acres as his main residence.

Jones has a history of trouble with the law.  In 2011 he was arrested twice; once for battery and domestic violence. Seven months later he was arrested for disorderly intoxication and causing a disturbance. Then one year later, in 2012, Jones was busted and charged with "using a computer to lure a child to engage in sex."

Jones listed his status as "transient", or homeless, and registered his main home address as the Lehigh Walmart.

4 In Your Corner Investigators don't have any direct evidence Jones ever lived in the store.  And the company says its managers check cars in the parking lot to make sure no one is living inside them.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office tells us what Jones is doing is completely legal.  They say it's up to Walmart officials to serve Jones with a trespass notice in order to have him kicked off the property.

But when Walmart tried that, its leadership says Sheriff's Deputies told them nothing could be done unless Jones was found on the property.

UPDATE: Walmart responds to report of resident sex offender

[Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story did not indicate investigators don't have any evidence Jones lived in or around the store.  We apologize for the lack of clarity in the original story.]