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False reports the 'balaclava rapist' has been seen in public: VPD

Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 12:38 pm PDT

(Courtesy Twitter: @VancouverPD)

Larry Takahashi has yet to leave his halfway house

Police call the reports of him being seen as 'phantom sightings'

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Over the weekend several media reports surfaced that the man known as the ‘balaclava rapist’ had been spotted several times in a Vancouver neighbourhood — even riding the bus, but police say that’s not true.

Larry Takahashi was granted day parole last month and that’s when investigators warned the public he would be living at a halfway house in the city. However, they say he has yet to leave the facility.

“We understand that communities are concerned. We want them to be aware, we want them to have a really good look at Mr. Takahashi’s picture because at some point he will leave his halfway house — there’s no doubt about that. But the sightings of him to this point are phantom sightings. They are false,” explains Vancouver Police Acting Sergeant Brian Montague.

He adds Takahashi has chosen not to leave, although he is allowed to as long as he abides by his curfew. “We want the public to be vigilant. But we are concerned that someone who may resemble Mr. Takahashi may wind up in a situation that we don’t want them in, obviously. We don’t want people taking matters into their own hands. We want to assure people that we are monitoring Mr. Takahashi and that we want people to call 911 if they see him violating any of his conditions. If they’re concerned about something, they need to pick up the phone and call 911,” says Montague.

In a recent report from the Parole Board, Takahashi is said to be at moderate to high-risk to reoffend and he poses a significant danger to the safety of teen girls and women. Privacy laws prevent police from naming the halfway house where he is staying.

He is 63-years-old, Asian, 5’9″ tall, 154 lbs., with short, grey hair and brown eyes. He normally wears prescription glasses.

He has a long criminal history dating back to the 1970s in Alberta. Takahashi was sent to prison in 1984 after admitting to “hands on” assaults on 29 women. He is currently serving a life sentence for multiple counts of rape, disguise with intent, aggravated sexual assault, as well as forcible confinement and sexual assault with a weapon.

Larry Takahashi’s conditions

*not to consume, purchase or possess alcohol
*not to consume, purchase or possess drugs other than prescribed medication and over the counter drugs taken as recommended by the manufacturer
*participate in a treatment program for personal and emotional issues and sexual deviancy
*not to purchase, acquire, possess or access pornography or sexually explicit material in any form or type of media
*no direct or indirect contact with his victims or any member of the victims’ families
*not to attend any college or university residential area, without the written permission of your parole supervisor
*must remain within the city proposed by Correctional Service Canada unless pre-approved by your parole supervisor
*a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., except for work-related reasons and only with your parole supervisor’s written agreement
*not to pick up or convey any female passengers while driving
*not to own, use or possess a computer, or any technological device that would allow unsupervised access to the Internet
*immediately report all intimate sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with females to the parole supervisor