Hakeem Majeen Najee Rashad, 41, was formerly known as Joseph Hubbard. Rashad was convicted of rape while serving in the military, and spent 19 years in a federal prison. He was also charged with federal parole violations.
Rashad had registered at one address in Talladega, on England Lane, as recently as May, Kimsey said, but was already living in a different residence on Davis Street where a teenaged girl lived.
“He met a woman from Philadelphia on-line,” Kimsey said. “He flew up there and got her and her daughters and brought them to live with him in Talladega.” One of the daughters is an adult, but the other was only 14 or 15 years old, which is not allowed, Kimsey said.
The girls began texting their grandmother in Pennsylvania, saying they were uncomfortable in their new household and wanted to go home. One of the texts mentioned they were living on Davis Street, a fact the grandmother passed along to Kimsey.
“The grandmother actually flew down here, gave me a statement and took the daughters back to Philadelphia with her,” Kimsey said. “The mother stayed here.”
Rashad was arrested on state charges, but his girlfriend posted a bond for him. The marshals arrested him for federal parole violations and jailed him in Birmingham immediately. In addition to failing to keep his registration current and living in a house with an underage girl, Rashad also violated his parole by leaving the state without telling anyone.
The second arrest was of Marquette LaDante Felder, 31, of Childersburg. Felder failed to show up for one of his required biannual registrations earlier this year, Kimsey said.
“Childersburg even sent a patrol car to his house to remind him he had missed an appointment, and he ran from them,” he said.
When subsequent attempts to bring Felder in failed, Kimsey said he called in the Marshal Service Sex Offender Apprehension Program.
“These people are very good at what they do, because that’s all they do,” he said.
Felder was released in late 2009, five years after being convicted of rape in the second degree involving a 16-year-old girl.
The third suspect was wanted by Talladega police for moving without giving the proper notification.
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