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High risk sex offender found, rearrested in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — A high risk sex offender who disappeared from his halfway house has been found and rearrested by police in Vancouver.
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A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer's uniform as she makes a phone call after responding to an unknown incident in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER — A high risk sex offender who disappeared from his halfway house has been found and rearrested by police in Vancouver.

Police said they were looking for 39-year-old Tony Okanase, who had been released from Mountain Institution in Agassiz Friday morning, reported to the halfway house in Vancouver but later checked out.

After he failed to return, a Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police said Okanase posed a high risk to the public due to a history of violent sexual offences against strangers dating back to 2003.

But Sgt. Steve Addison says in a statement that Okanase was rearrested by Vancouver officers after a community policing volunteer spotted him in the city’s Joyce-Collingwood neighbourhood no Saturday afternoon.

Addison says police arrested the man without incident.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 14, 2022.

The Canadian Press