A convicted rapist who ditched his GPS ankle bracelet and fled from Central New York has been spotted 150 miles away in Pennsylvania, officials said.
Ronald Cook, a registered 66-year-old sex offender, stopped checking in with his parole officer and removed his ankle bracelet on Wednesday, said Thomas Mailey, a state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesman. He then disappeared from his Utica apartment.
Two days later, it appears Cook made it out of the state.
Cook was spotted around 12:30 p.m. Friday in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mailey said. He was wearing a dark jacket, the spokesman said.
Officials said Cook should be considered dangerous.
Cook was convicted in 1991 of raping a 24-year-old woman in Binghamton, according to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. He was released from the Marcy Correctional Facility in 2012 after serving more than 20 years in prison.
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