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Vancouver police search for violent offender who left halfway house

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Vancouver police are asking the public for help finding a violent offender who escaped from his halfway house.

Steven Frederickson, 57, is considered a risk to public safety, the Vancouver Police Department said in a news release Friday.

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He left his halfway house Thursday and did not return as court-ordered conditions required.

Steven Frederickson
A photo of Steven Frederickson the day he left his rehab center and didn’t return. Photo by VPD

He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2016 for the death of Robert-Jan Planje on Dec. 13, 2010, six weeks after Planje agreed to allow Frederickson to live in his mobile home.

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Planje’s body was dumped in a stream next to a logging road outside Hope.

Frederickson has a history of violent crimes, including a 1987 conviction for aggravated assault for attacking a 17-year-old prostitute and a 1995 conviction for unlawful confinement and possession of a dangerous weapon in connection with a domestic incident with a domestic partner. .

Following the manslaughter conviction, prosecutors sought to designate Frederickson as a dangerous offender, but a judge said the Crown did not meet the legal standard for the designation.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years as a long-term offender.

Last April, Frederickson was the subject of a similar appeal by the VPD after failing to return home halfway. He was found and captured days later.

Police described Frederickson as a six-foot man, of slim build, with a long gray beard and long gray hair. He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, a dark brown plaid jacket with black lines, a black hoodie, dark gray pants, black shoes and black sunglasses.

He is legally deaf and walks with a red cane.

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