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SKANEATELES, N.Y. (WTVH/WBNG) — Authorities in Skaneateles say they assisted New York State Parole officers in a search for an “extremely dangerous” parolee who cut off his ankle monitor around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Investigators say they are looking for 61-year-old Christopher Block. They say his ankle monitor was found on Kane Avenue, just before 10 p.m.
Police say a reverse 911 call was made to residents of Kane Avenue advising them to stay in their homes due to the fact Block is considered extremely dangerous as dogs and a search helicopter were used Wednesday night in an attempt to locate Block on Wednesday night.
According to Skaneateles Police Chief Dan Coon, the order to remain in their homes has been lifted, but police still advise residents to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
State Police say Block has served 30 years of a more than 50-year prison sentence.
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) says Block was conditionally released on May 8, 2017 and is on probation until January 13, 2034.
The DOCCS says Block was imprisoned for the following crimes in 1984 in Onondaga County:
- 2 counts of kidnapping the 2nd degree
- 2 counts of rape in the 1st degree
- 2 counts of sexual abuse in the 1st degree
- 2 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree
- Burglary in the 2nd degree
According to the New York Sex Offender Registry, Block held two women “with some sort of knife” and raped them in 1984.
Block is a level 3 sex offender, which is the highest level.
Authorities say Block’s last known residence is on 803 Court St. in Syracuse and police are unsure what he was doing in Skaneateles.
Chief Coon says it is unknown why Block was in Skaneateles and he also says someone reported seeing a man in the woods heading toward Auburn.
Chief Coon said even though Block may have left the area, it’s still better to be safe rather than sorry.
“People should still be cautious of people they see because he’s on foot last we knew,” Chief Coon said Thursday. “I think he poses a threat to the safety of police officers looking for him. I think he poses a threat to the general public.”
Authorities say if Block is caught, he would have to finish the remainder of his prison sentence and serve additional jail time.
Police describe Block as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 176 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. They say he has tattoos on both arms and is missing a toe on his left foot.
The DOCCS is asking any individuals with information that could lead to the apprehending of Block is asked to call 518-257-4213.
Photo Source: New York State Sex Offender Registry