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Manhunt on for Clearlake man convicted of sexual battery

Clearlake police have a manhunt underway for a resident convicted of sexual battery who then skipped out on his sentencing hearing.

Douglas Scott Rupert, 40, knows police are looking for him and officers early Thursday found he'd taunted them online with a Facebook note.

"I'm not in town, ha ha, you're not going to catch me," said Clearlake Sgt. Rodd Joseph, paraphrasing what he was told by officers on the graveyard shift who saw the note.

Thursday's search included an officer and detective assigned to finding the wanted man.

Rupert was recently convicted of burglary and sexual battery on an unlawfully restrained person in a case that started July 27, 2013, said Clearlake Sgt. Tim Hobbs.

Rupert pleaded guilty and was out of custody on bail, awaiting his Jan. 28 sentencing hearing. After the hearing he would have been taken into custody to begin serving his time.

But Rupert failed to show up in court and an arrest warrant was issued.

Police believed Rupert has remained in Lake County but the effort to find him has been frustrated by inaccurate information, said Sgt. Tim Hobbs.

Officers believe Rupert, who also is known by the nickname "Dough Boy" is being hidden by friends and family. On Wednesday, an informant told police the man was seeking a gun, said Hobbs.

Police consider him dangerous and don't want citizens to try to detain or apprehend him. Hobbs asked that anyone with information about his location call officers at (707) 994-8251.


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