LANCASTER – A GPS-monitored sex offender who cut off his ankle bracelet on Christmas Eve and then vanished has been captured, authorities said.
Andres Jesus Rivera was found hiding in the bedroom of a Lancaster residence Tuesday afternoon, according to California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey.
“We received information this morning that he was at a location on J-8 and Beech,” Dorsey said. “Once we discovered his possible location, I sent our apprehension team over there.”
When agents knocked on the door, Rivera ran to a rear bedroom and tried to hide, but agents found Rivera hiding under some blankets and took him into custody, Dorsey said.
Rivera, who is currently on parole for failure to register as a sex offender, had been on the run for the past three weeks.
The Antelope Valley Parole Office received a “master tamper alert” around 11 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, which meant the 38-year-old parolee had cut off his GPS ankle bracelet.
The following morning, agents retrieved the broken bracelet near J-8 and Beech Avenue and issued a warrant for Rivera’s arrest.
Rivera has a criminal history of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, sodomy by force with a person under 14 years old, manufacturing, selling, and/or possessing a dangerous weapon, failure to register as sex offender, DUI, battery on spouse, and corporal injury on spouse.
Rivera will be charged with violating his parole, and he could also be charged with failure to register as a sex offender, Dorsey said.