UPDATE: Sex offender to stay in jail until DOC hearing
A level 3 sex offender who fled authorities Wednesday night will stay in Goodhue County Jail until a hearing to determine whether he should return to prison can be held.
Minnesota Department of Corrections brought Andre Demond Tolefree, 34, to Red Wing Wednesday to begin his court-ordered 10 years of intensive supervised release. As part of that release, Tolefree must wear a GPS ankle bracelet and tell Minnesota DOC agents his schedule daily so they can track his location.
Just before 6 p.m., Minnesota DOC agents notified police that Tolefree’s bracelet had been tampered with.
Police arrived at Tolefree’s Plum Street residence, where he was supposed to be at the time, but could not locate him. Officers subsequently located Tolefree at around 9 p.m. at the Barrel House Bar on Main Street.
According to DOC procedures, Tolefree's hearing must be held within the next 12 business days, DOC spokeswoman Sarah Burg said.
If DOC officials determine he can remain on release in the community, stricter release conditions could be imposed on him.