OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A convicted sexual predator who deputies said cut his ankle bracelet off has been captured and is back in custody, according to Osceola County Jail records.
Johnathan Bradley Allen, 33, was arrested Thursday night after he was seen walking along Hickory Road in St. Cloud. Authorities said Allen provided a false name to the deputy who stopped him and then "violently slapped" the deputy's arm and shoved him in an attempt to get away.
With the help of a K-9 the deputy was able to arrest Allen. The suspect was treated for a dog bite injury before he was booked into the Osceola County Jail, according to a statement from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.
Allen is charged with violating his probation, battery on a law enforcement officer and giving a false name, jail records show. He is being held without bail.
Allen was convicted in 2005 of sexual battery on a victim under 12 years old in Osceola County.
On Thursday, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office sent out an alert to be on the look out for Allen after they said he cut his tracking device off.
His registered address is at The Friendly Village Inn at 2550 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, but residents there told News 6 they hadn't seen him lately.
"Detectives have been here, and the Sheriff's Office has been here," said one of the residents. "They're on a full hunt for him."
Deputies said Allen absconded on Wednesday. The Department of Corrections said he cut off his ankle monitor and ditched it nearly 30 miles away, near Labor Camp Road in Polk County.
"I wouldn't say that he's a bad dude -- like, he's going to hurt somebody -- but if he's absconded, and he cut his ankle monitor off, he needs to get caught," the resident said.