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Search underway for kidnapping, rape convict who cut off ankle monitor in Skaneateles

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Christopher Block, 61. Photo taken on June 25, 2019 (Photo: New York Sex Offender Registry).

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's Office is searching for an "extremely dangerous" parolee who cut off his ankle monitor.

Investigators say Christopher Block, 61, cut off his ankle monitor around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Skaneateles and they have not been able to locate him.

The monitor was found on Kane Avenue just before 10 p.m., police said.

A reverse 911 call was sent to neighbors who live on and near Kane Ave. around 10:30 p.m. asking them to remain in their homes. Search crews used a helicopter and police dogs Wednesday night.

Skaneateles Police Chief Dan Coon tells CNYCentral they have lifted that order, but are asking people to remain vigilant and remain aware of their surroundings because Block is considered "extremely dangerous."

Block served 34 years of a 50-year prison sentence for kidnapping, rape, sexual abuse, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon, according to state prison records. The New York Sex Offender Registry says he raped two women he didn't know in 1984. Block, then 25, forced them from Garfield’s Restaurant on W. Genesee St. in Syracuse at knifepoint on January 13, 1984. He was convicted in September 1984.

Block was denied parole five times: in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

He was granted conditional release by statute, not by the Board of Parole on May 8, 2017 but was forced back to prison in November of that same year. He was granted parole and released once again on December 26, 2018.

Block is a "Level 3" sex offender, the highest level given to the most dangerous offenders.

His last known address is 803 Court St. in Syracuse. Police say it's not clear why he was in Skaneateles. Chief Coon says they don't believe Block is still in the Skaneateles area. He says someone reported possibly seeing a person heading into the woods toward Auburn. Auburn police tell us there is no active search in that area.

Neighbors on Court St. told CNYCentral they didn't know Block or that he lived nearby. They say they saw undercover officers outside the home Thursday.

“It is worrisome. Hopefully not to me. But for a lot of the pedestrians that walk around here and some of the neighbors who are homeowners, it kind of brings the neighborhood down," said Christopher Rockburn.

Chief Coon says if caught, Block would have to finish out the remainder of his prison sentence and would face additional jail time for this incident.

Block is 5'10" tall, weighs 176 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has tattoos on both arms, his back and is missing a toe on his left foot.

Authorities ask anyone with information that can help them locate Block, call 315-428-4752 or dial 911

This story will be updated.

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