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High-risk sex offender arrested in Vancouver after disappearing from halfway house

Vancouver police arrested Tony Okanase Saturday afternoon. VPD

A violent high-risk sex offender is now back in custody since disappearing from a halfway house just hours after being granted statutory release.

Thirty-nine-year-old Tony Okanase was arrested by Vancouver police in the city’s Joyce-Collingwood neighbourhood.

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A community-policing volunteer spotted Okanase in the neighbouhood on Saturday afternoon.

Okanase has a history of violent sexual offences against strangers dating back to 2003.

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Vancouver police said Okanase was arrested without incident.

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