Manitowoc police searching for escaped violent sex offender

Posted at 1:18 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 21:48:58-04

MANITOWOC -- Manitowoc police are warning the public about the escape of what the department calls  a "violent sexual offender."

Rene Antero Rodriguez reportedly slipped off his electronic monitoring device and was not at his assigned residence when officials visited for a scheduled check. His whereabouts are unknown.

Rodriguez has a lengthy criminal record which includes assault, robbery, theft and burglary. He's also known to use edged weapons, according to a news release.

The criminal was staying at a home on HWY 151 since last fall. Anyone who may have information should contact local police or dial 911.