A high-risk sex offender has vanished from his house, Vancouver police have warned, only hours after being granted legal release on Friday.
Who is Tony Okanase?
High-risk sex offender who vanished from halfway house on Friday (August 12) just hours after receiving statutory release is being sought by Vancouver police across the country.
After being released from Mountain Institution on Friday morning, Tony Okanase checked into a halfway house in Vancouver, checked out, and hasn’t been heard from or seen since.
Currently wanted across Canada is 39-year-old Tony Okanase.
#VPDNews: Vancouver Police are searching for a high-risk sex offender who disappeared from his halfway house just hours after being granted statutory release earlier today.— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) August 13, 2022
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On Friday morning, he was given permission to leave Agassiz prison.
Police said that Okase reported the incident to a transfer family’s home in Vancouver, but that he later left and was not seen or contacted again.
In a release, a VPD spokesman stated that Okanase, who is currently wanted across Canada, “has a history of violent sexual assaults against strangers dating back to 2003.”
High-Risk Sex Offender Okanase identification marks
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Okanase is described by the police as having short black hair, brown eyes, and a 6-foot frame.
He may wear spectacles, has a bear paw tattoo on his breast, a symbol on his neck, a maple leaf and star tattoo on his right forearm, and may also have glasses.
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To report Okanase, dial 911 right away.
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