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Man who assaulted three Vernon prostitutes missing from halfway house

Vancouver police are hunting for a missing sex offender who once assaulted three Vernon prostitutes.

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Michael Hans Bopfinger, 42, after he didn’t return to a Vancouver-area halfway house by curfew on Friday.

Bopfinger was out on statutory release after serving part of an 11-year sentence for a string of violent sexual assaults.

In 2011, the Lumby man pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering threats in relation to three separate incidents involving Vernon prostitutes. 

The women were trapped in a vehicle and assaulted before being left naked in a rural area. One of the victims was choked near to death, while another was cut across her cheek with a knife.

Bopfinger was arrested after one of the women called police to say she’d been assaulted by a man in a white van. Two other women later came forward.

A judge called the crimes “horrific.”

Bopfinger is described as a white male, 5-feet-9, 300 lbs., with a shaved head, and blue eyes. He has a tribal art tattoo on his upper left arm and a powery symbol on his right forearm.

He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with a black logo, camouflage shorts, and black runners.