A high-risk sex offender who escaped Ararat Prison on Friday was arrested at a bus stop just after 9am today.
He is in custody and is expected to be charged with breaching a supervision order.
Victoria Police said they believed Sean Carmody-Coyle, 28, left Corella Place, a residential facility next to Ararat Prison, on a mountain bike, which has since been found.
Sean Carmody-Coyle Photo: Supplied
He was armed with five kitchen knives when he left the corrections facility.
He was last seen shortly after 1am on Friday, wearing a black top and black tracksuit pants.
Detective Inspector Ian Campbell said that police had searched Carmody-Coyle's room and discovered that he had five kitchen knives with him when he left the facility, which houses about 40 convicted sex offenders.
"He has a significant prior history of violence so members of the public are advised not to approach him and to contact police immediately (if they see him).’’
He said Carmody-Coyle had a mental disability.
Carmody-Coyle was wearing two electronic monitoring bracelets when he left the facility, which have since been ‘‘switched off’’. Both are still missing.
It was unknown whether he had taken the bracelets off before he left, Detective Inspector Campbell said.
One of the bracelets had alerted Corrections Victoria when Carmody-Coyle left the grounds about 1am. The other was a GPS navigation system. Victoria Police was called about an hour later, around 2.30am.
Police were interviewing Carmody-Coyle’s family members in both Ararat and Melbourne, Detective Inspector Campbell said.
The Fugitive Taskforce took over the search for Carmody-Coyle on Friday morning after police failed to find him in the ‘‘immediate area’’ of Corella Place overnight.
Carmody-Coyle, who has a criminal history of violent sexual offending, is in his second year of a five-year order at Corella Place, which houses child sex offenders and rapists who have finished their sentences but are considered unacceptable risks to the community.
He first attempted to escape the facility last year, when he was four months into his order, but was found in Buangor and arrested on the Western Highway, about 23 kilometres from Ararat, the next day.
Carmody-Coyle was sentenced to three months in prison for breaching his order last year.
A spokesman for the Department of Justice said that Carmody-Coyle had breached his court-ordered curfew and left the facility unaccompanied on Friday morning.
‘‘Police were contacted after the resident’s electronic monitoring bracelet alerted staff that he’d left the grounds of Corella Place,’’ he said.
The spokesman said that the Department of Justice was investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.