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Escondido Police Search for Sex Offender Known to Frequent Route 78

Anthony Wayne Wilkins - Credit: Escondido Police Dept.
Anthony Wayne Wilkins - Credit: Escondido Police Dept.

Police in Escondido were on the lookout Tuesday for a paroled registered sex offender known to frequent Route 78 who removed his GPS ankle bracelet and failed to update his registration, a lieutenant said.

Anthony Wayne Wilkins, 40, absconded from his parole and remained at large, Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin said in a statement. He has a history of irrational behavior and should be considered dangerous, he said.

Griffin said Wilkins is a transient, but is known to frequent the vicinity of Centre City Parkway and state Route 78.

Wilkins is white, 5 feet 11 and about 190 pounds, with balding brown hair and green eyes. He has a tattoo of a heart on his left arm and a tattoo of a cross with a rose and his right forearm, police said.

Police asked anyone with information on Wilkins' whereabouts to call Detective Julie Barnes at (760) 839-4758. Police said anyone who spots Wilkins should call 911, and should not approach him.

-City News Service

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