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Fargo police searching for high-risk offender

A high-risk registered sex offender, Thomas Jose Eppler, also known as Jose Munoz Gutierrez, cut off the GPS monitoring unit he was wearing Monday, and police do not know his whereabouts.

Police sent out a news release to notify the public about Eppler, 528 27th St. N., and say officers don't know whether he remains in Fargo or has left the area.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact local law enforcement.

Eppler, who was born in 1985, is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 172 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

In 2007, Eppler was convicted in Burleigh County, N.D., of felony sexual assault. He is required to register as a lifetime offender.

Eppler also has convictions in Minnesota and Iowa for burglary, fleeing/eluding, assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.