High Risk Sex Offender Found, Rearrested in Vancouver

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
August 15, 2022 Updated: August 15, 2022

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.