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A sexual predator is on the loose in Ocala

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  • Ángel Manuel Rivera García is wanted in Ocala.
  • He’s accused of sexual assault.
  • Authorities issue a warning to the public.

Authorities have described Ángel Manuel Rivera García as «a violent sexual predator.»

They issued a warning to residents of the Mustang residential complex on 10NE Street in Ocala, Florida.

He has been spotted in the area in recent days, according to a statement from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

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Ángel Manuel Rivera García has a long criminal history

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Rivera García’s criminal record dates back to 2005, according to police records.

At that time, he was convicted on two counts of armed sexual assault, armed kidnapping and robbery with a deadly weapon.

The duration of his sentence is not specified in the document — however, MundoNow accessed his court file.

According to the file, the accused attacked a waitress in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Ocala. He and another man then repeatedly raped her before abandoning her.

Police are searching for Rivera García

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To date, authorities have not linked Rivera to any other cases of sexual violence.

However, they activated his search order after he failed to fulfill his obligation to register as a sex offender in the community where he lives.

«We have received information indicating that he has been living with people around the Mustang apartments on 10NE Street in Ocala,» the police report details.

The Sheriff’s Office activated the search alert for two reasons. First, to remind Rivera García that «he is wanted for failing to comply with sexual offender registration requirements.»

Police warn the public about Ángel Manuel Rivera García

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Secondly, the sheriff wants to warn those who are protecting this individual about the Jessica Lundsford Law.

It states that «Anyone who provides false information or conceals information from law enforcement about registration violations or the whereabouts of a sexual offender can be arrested and charged with a felony.»

Authorities also indicated to the community that their help is crucial in locating Ángel Manuel Rivera García.

For this purpose, they have made available the contact number 352-368-7867. Timely information can make a difference in preventing another victim.

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