High-risk sex offender cuts off electronic-monitoring bracelet and leaves Downtown Eastside residence

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      Update: The Vancouver Police Department announced on February 24 that Kirstjon Olson was arrested at 11 p.m. on February 23 and is in custody.

      Original article (February 22):

      Vancouver police are on the lookout for a heavy-set sex offender who's breached a court order to abide by several conditions, including a curfew.

      Kirstjon Olson, 38, was also required to wear an electronic-monitoring bracelet.

      But according to the VPD, he cut off the device and left his Downtown Eastside residence after midnight wearing black clothing and a black hat.

      Olson is described as a "high-risk" provincial offender and in the past he's been convicted of sexual assault, sexual interference, and possession of child pornography. He also has convictions for print/publish child pornography and attempt to print/publish child pornography.

      He's 5'8", 245 pounds, and Indigenous, with brown hair, brown eyes, and a light complexion.

      He was last seen with a backpack with red straps.

      Kristjon Olson left his Downtown Eastside residence after midnight.

      When he was granted statutory release into a Vancouver halfway house in 2017, Vancouver police issued a public warning.

      "The Correctional Services of Canada has assessed Olson at a very high risk of sexually reoffending," the VPD stated in a 2017 news release. "At risk are female and male children and teenagers, including strangers, acquaintances, intimate partners, and the general public."