Francis David Sherman wanted in four states by the U.S. Marshals Service in connection with sex crimes. ((Virginia State Police))

A Manitoba couple vows to never take in strangers again after learning they had an American fugitive sleeping under their roof.

In September, a man and woman showed up in the town of Carberry, claiming to be broke and looking for work.

The man, who identified himself as Jerry, said they were from Newfoundland and had been hitchhiking across the country.

Carberry resident Kelly Garnett and her husband took in the couple, who managed to get work doing odd jobs around the town. But soon, Garnett and her husband became suspicious that the couple weren't who they claimed to be. 

There were several little things that raised red flags, such as the way they pronounced certain words, like "roof," Garnett said.

"They did it in the American way of 'ruff,' and Jerry was talking about hitchhiking along the interstate, and we call it a highway," she said.

Eventually, the Garnetts called the RCMP, who arrested Jerry and the woman with him.

It turns out, Jerry was actually a 58-year-old convicted sex offender whose real name is Francis David Sherman.

He was wanted in four states by the U.S. Marshals Service in connection with sex crimes, according to the RCMP, who turned Sherman over to U.S. officials Sept. 22.

He is now in a North Dakota detention centre.

Garnett is still shaken by the experience.

"I don't think I was fairly safe," she said in an interview Wednesday. "I think I was lucky, and I thank God that I was lucky because if they would have thought that we were suspicious of them, who knows what would have happened.".

Carberry is located about 160 kilometres west of Winnipeg.


Convicted sex offender Francis David Sherman was captured in Carberry, Man., where he was going by the name Jerry. ((Google Maps))