Authorities are ramping up their search for a violent sex offender who managed to cut off his GPS tracking device and vanished without a trace.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has put Jason Blake Holt on their most wanted sex offenders list.
Holt was on probation in Rutherford County on three counts of attempted rape of a child. The condition of his probation was that he wear a GPS ankle monitor.
Manchester police said Holt, along with his girlfriend, pulled up to a gas station along Highway 53 Saturday morning and cut the monitoring device, which immediately alerted Board of Parole agents. Holt is now on the radar of every police agency.
Billy Butler, the chief investigator for the Manchester Police Department, told Channel 4 News the TBI immediately put Holt on their most wanted sex offenders list.
"We are all concerned he's out here among our citizens. TBI, U.S. Marshals Office, Coffee County Sheriffs Office, Manchester police, Cannon County sheriff, Woodbury police and Rutherford County Sheriff's Office are all on high alert," said Butler.
There are thousands of criminals on the monitoring devices in Tennessee. Parole officials say the program is a success. However, a Channel 4 I-Team investigation uncovered problems of criminals committing violent acts while wearing the devices. Others, like Holt, have simply cut the devices and fled.
"In speaking with his family members, he had talked about taking his device off and leaving the area, obviously he's done that," said Butler.
Butler told Channel 4 News Holt has no family or financial support and that the only way he can keep running from the law is to commit a crime like a robbery.
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