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Vancouver police have issued a nationwide arrest warrant for Randall Hopley, 58, a high-risk sex offender.
Vancouver police are still searching for Randall Hopley, 58, a high-risk sex offender who is the subject of a nationwide arrest warrant. /p>
According to Vancouver Police Sergeant Steve Addison, Randall Hopley told several people on Saturday, November 4, that he was leaving his halfway house to go to a nearby thrift store. He then allegedly removed his electronic monitoring bracelet and has not been seen since.
Randall Hopley has previously been convicted of assault and crimes of a sexual nature, including three against children.
In 2011, he kidnapped a three-year-old boy in Sparwood, British Columbia, triggering an Amber Alert that lasted four days. After serving his seven-year prison sentence, the Parole Board of Canada ruled that a supervision order was necessary due to the nature of the crime committed and the high risk of reoffending.
Authorities say Randall Hopley was likely worried about a court appearance scheduled to begin Monday and took deliberate steps to avoid it.
Sergeant Steve Addison noted that the wanted man had been charged earlier this year with breaching his supervision orders. At that time, Randal Hopley was allegedly caught using a computer in a public library, less than three feet from a group of children.
At the time, the Parole Board recommended charges against Randall Hopley.
A Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued Saturday to find Randall Hopley.
Police say the 58-year-old man is tall 1.75 meters tall and weighs 79 kilograms. His description reveals that the man has brown hair and hazel eyes and that he was wearing a black coat as well as black pants and a black cap.
Authorities say Randall Hopley may still be in or around Vancouver.
With information from La Canadian Press