Sexually-violent predator on the loose

A sexually-violent predator has walked away from a supervised living center in Northeast Austin. He has been convicted of sex crimes against a minor and an adult.

According to DPS, 57-year-old Fernando Thompson cut off his GPS monitor Tuesday morning after signing out for work.

Thompson is possibly driving a silver 1997 Chevrolet Lumina pictured with Texas plates GCL5976.

Tammy Moulder lives near the supervised living center on Wheless cove where Thompson was last seen.
 
"It's terrifying," said Moulder. "As soon we heard we made it aware to everyone."
 
Toni Taylor, director of Burke's Supervised Living Center, did not want to go on camera but told FOX 7 she was shocked with Thompson's disappearance. She says Thompson lived in one of the apartment units for two years without incident--and was close to completing his time there. She thinks he was going to be re-located and he "freaked out."
 
DPS records show Thompson was convicted of sexual assault in 1982 and aggravated sexual assault of a child in 1983. He was released from prison in 2008.
 
Thompson is to register with authorities monthly for life. The last time Austin police verified his residence was on November 18th.
 
Thompson is one of five residents at the supervised center on civil commitment overseen by the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management.
 
The center made news last year as residents in the neighborhood received numerous postcards in the mail warning that high risk sex offenders were moving in. 17 lived there back then.
 
"You have to be aware of who's watching you," said Moulder. "You can't just go on your daily activities and not pay attention to who's there. You have to be aware that they're sitting inside. They're watching you every day."
 
To hear one has escaped has only heightened the neighborhood's fear level.
 
"I just don't like the fact that they're free to roam," said Moulder. "I shouldn't have to feel scared you know."
 
If you know the whereabouts of Thompson, call police.
 
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