A high-risk sex offender “wanted Canada-wide” has been re-arrested

A high-risk sex offender “wanted Canada-wide” after he failed to report to a B.C. halfway house is back in police custody.

On the afternoon of August 13, a community policing volunteer spotted Tony Okanase, 39, in Vancouver’s Joyce-Collingwood neighbourhood. The volunteer promptly contacted law enforcement.

“VPD patrol officers arrested him without incident,” according to a police statement.

Okanase left Mountain Institution in Agassiz on the morning of August 12 after being granted statutory release. However, after reporting to a halfway house in Vancouver, Okanase had checked out and “hasn’t been seen or heard from since.”

Police said that he is “a high risk to the public” and has a history of violent sexual offences against strangers since 2003.

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