A convicted sex offender who allegedly cut off his GPS monitoring device has been accused of making more than 50 threatening phone calls to the family of the 80-year-old victim he raped in 2004, authorities said Tuesday.
Dennis Michael McKenzie, 55, was being sought by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department after a series of obscene messages were left for his victim’s family, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.
McKenzie was sentenced to seven years in state prison after being convicted of a brutal 2004 rape, which took place in the Twin Peaks area, but he was released to a halfway house in Long Beach, Bachman said.
The family of his victim returned to their mountain home recently to find dozens of “threatening and obscene” had been left for them, Bachman said.
Detectives believe that McKenzie made the calls from the Long Beach area and then cut off his ankle monitor. McKenzie was last seen in early August, Bachman said.
“He’s on the street and he needs help,” she said.
McKenzie has a history of frequenting the Lake Arrowhead area, as well as Long Beach, Banning, Los Angeles County and Palm Springs, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the state Megan’s Law sex-offender tracking website, McKenzie’s last known address was in the 2200 block of West Wardlow Road in Long Beach. The website gives his age as 58, while the sheriff’s department stated 55.
McKenzie was convicted of sexual penetration with a foreign object by force or fear, according to the Megan’s Law site.
A felony warrant has been issued for McKenzie’s arrest.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Detective Chavez or Detective Thies at 909-336-0600 or sheriff’s dispatch at 909-387-8313.