High-risk sex offender found, rearrested in Vancouver

A Vancouver Police Department patch on a police officer’s uniform after responding to an unknown incident in Vancouver’s downtown East Side on January 9, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

A high-risk sex offender who disappeared from a half-baked home has been found and re-arrested by Vancouver police.

Police said they were looking for Tony Okanase, 39, who was released from Agassi’s Mountain Institute on Friday morning and reported him to Interim Facility in Vancouver, but later checked him out.

After he did not return, a Canadian-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.

According to police, Okanase posed a high risk to the public due to a history of violent sex crimes against strangers dating back to 2003.

But sergeant. In his statement, Steve Addison said Okanase was re-arrested by Vancouver police after local police volunteers spotted him in the city’s Joyce-Collingwood neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.

Addison says police arrested the man without incident.

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