LANCASTER – Authorities need your help in locating Andres Jesus Rivera, a GPS-monitored sex offender who cut off his ankle bracelet and then vanished.
“We consider him a serious threat to the community, because every time he fails to register we have no idea where he is,” said California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey.
Dorsey said the parole division received a “master tamper alert” on Monday, which meant the 38-year-old parolee had cut off his GPS ankle bracelet.
“The last location of his bracelet was J-8 and Beech [in Lancaster], and that was Christmas Eve at approximately 11 p.m.,” Dorsey said.
The following morning, agents retrieved the broken bracelet and issued a warrant for Rivera’s arrest, Dorsey said.
Rivera was convicted of a sex crime when he was a juvenile, and has been arrested multiple times for various violations since his release, Dorsey said. Rivera was released on parole in June of 2011, after serving an eight-month stint for failing to register as a sex offender.
“Since his release date, he’s had two subsequent parole violations,” Dorsey said.
Rivera is described as a 38-year-old Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes, who weighs around 200 pounds.
There’s a strong possibility that Rivera may have shaved off his mustache and beard to alter his appearance and avoid capture, Dorsey said.
He was last seen in Lancaster riding a green fixie bicycle.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Andres Rivera is urged to contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 265 or 266. You may also contact the Lancaster Station at 661-948-8466 or the Palmdale Station at 661-272-2400.
UPDATED 1/15/13: Andres Riveras was captured on Jan. 15, 2013. Read the update here.