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Convicted rapist and wanted man Ronald Cook captured in Binghamton

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The DOCCS says the man, identified as Ronald Cook, 66, appears to have cut off a GPS ankle bracelet and should be considered dangerous./ DOCCS

The convicted rapist and wanted man who removed his assigned GPS ankle bracelet and ceased reporting to his assigned patrol officer was apprehended Saturday evening in Binghamton, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

66-year-old Ronald Cook, of Utica, was apprehended by Binghamton Police on Saturday afternoon. Police said Cook was arrested at a restaurant after being recognized because of media reports.

The DOCCS sent out an alert on Thursday evening regarding Cook's wanted status. Cook had been last seen in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Friday before traveling to Binghamton.

The DOCCS had asked the public to be on the lookout for Cook, who was considered to be very dangerous.

Before being spotted in Scranton on Friday, DOCCS officials said he was spotted in Rome, on Nov. 8 wearing a bright yellow windbreaker.

On November 8, 2017, Ronald Cook removed his assigned GPS ankle bracelet and has ceased reporting to his assigned Parole Officer. Ronald Cook is in violation of his Strict and Intensive Supervision under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. He was last seen in the Scranton, PA area around 12:30pm on November 10, 2017 wearing a dark jacket. Subject should be considered dangerous and if seen, please call 9-1-1 immediately. - DOCCS Spokesman Thomas Mailey

The Division of Criminal Justice Services website says Cook is a level three sex offender who was convicted of raping a 24-year-old woman in Binghamton on Oct. 24, 1990. The website says Cook was sentenced to 25 years in state prison after being convicted in August 1991. He was also convicted in 1988 of first-degree sexual abuse and impersonating a police officer.

According to the DOCCS, Cook was being held Saturday at the Broome County Jail as a parol violator. In the coming days, he will be returned to central New York where he will face criminal charges.

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