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Stalker on the loose after cutting off his GPS tracker

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By News 8's Craig McKee

ESCONDIDO (CBS8) -  Martin Rouse Jr. is no where to be found and detectives really hope by getting his photo out and a few details about what he might be driving could help the victim get her life back.

"This person is a grave danger to the victim at this point and we'd love to get him in custody," said Escondido Police Lieutenant Craig Carter.

But finding 41-year-old Martin Rouse Junior could be difficult as a vacant lot in the 1800 block of south Citrus in Escondido is the only property he's tied to.

"He's a little bit of a transient in that we don't have a physical address for him, we have him in an older Ford motor home," said Carter.

Rouse was convicted on felony stalking charges tied to a relationship that ended with the victim in August of 2009.  He had a GPS tracking device put on to monitor him this past January, but he still showed up at the victims home on February 23rd.

Escondido Police have many concerns about Rouse because he sent a very strong message to them and the victim by cutting his GPS bracelet off near her home on February 24th.

"Two days later he shows up at the house and threatens to kill the victim," explains Carter.

A spokesperson for the San Diego County Probation Department says the GPS bracelet sent notification to officers once it was removed and their office immediately made contact with the victim.

Now Escondido police are protecting the victim from Rouse, while patrols and detectives do what they can to find him. In his motor home they expect him to hang out in Eastern Escondido or Vista, but does have ties to San Diego and Valley Center.

Rouse has brown hair and brown eyes. He stands about 5-foot-9 and weighs around 145 pounds.  He has a tattoo of a skull with a cowboy hat on his left shoulder and has been seen using a wheelchair, but detectives say he has no need for one.

While Martin Rouse Jr. has not used a weapon during any of these stalking incidents or even when he threatened to kill the victim; Escondido detectives say it's best to just call 911 and do not try to approach him directly.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a thousand dollars reward for information leading to the capture of Martin Rouse Jr.

You can provide anonymous tips through their website sdcrimestoppers.com.

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