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Sex offender who cut off GPS device caught in Palm Springs

Dennis Michael McKenzie, 55, is seen in these photos provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

October 30, 2013 12:08:23 PM PDT
A violent sex offender who cut off his GPS monitoring device and disappeared has been found in Palm Springs. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Investigators say Dennis Michael McKenzie, 55, brutally raped an 80-year-old woman in Lake Arrowhead in 2004. He was sentenced to seven years for the crime.

Over the last few weeks, he made more than 50 threatening and obscene phone calls to the family of the victim.

McKenzie was paroled to a halfway house in Long Beach, but he recently walked away and took off his GPS tracker. It was unclear exactly when he left the halfway house.

Police say a citizen in Palm Springs saw McKenzie and alerted authorities. He was taken into custody in the 500 block of South Palm Canyon Drive.