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Update: High risk sex offender re-arrested by Vancouver police

He was arrested in the Joyce-Collingwood area
Vancouver police are searching Canada-wide for high-risk sex offender Tony Okanase after he disappeared from his halfway house on August 12.

Vancouver police have re-arrested a high-risk sex offender who disappeared from his halfway house just hours after being granted statutory release. 

Tony Okanase was released from Mountain Institution Friday morning (Aug. 12) and reported to a halfway house in Vancouver. Police say he subsequently disappeared until a community policing volunteer spotted Okanase in Joyce-Collingwood Saturday afternoon.

"VPD patrol officers arrested him without incident," state police.

The 39-year-old man has a history of violent sexual offences against strangers dating back to 2003. The VPD describe him as a "high-risk offender."

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