HOUSTON A high-risk sex-offender escaped from an east Houston halfway house Thursday night, and authorities were on the hunt for him Friday.

Michael Elbert Young, 42, was last seen at the Southeast Texas Transitional Center in the 10900 block of Beaumont Highway around 9:50 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators said he climbed over a barbed-wire-topped fence and ditched his GPS-tracking ankle monitor.

Young has friends and family in the Houston area.

Investigators said he may be mentally unstable and could become agitated when not taking his medication.

Though Young is not known to be armed, he has a history of using weapons primarily knives during previous assaults.

Young, who stands about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, was last seen wearing a dark blue T-shirt, jeans and a dark blue baseball cap.

He has several tattoos, including South Park for Life on his right upper arm, Evelyn on his back, Mom on his right chest and Audra on his left chest. He also has numerous incision scars on his left wrist, investigators said.

Young served eight years in prison for aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Both charges carried a sexual element. Young also spent 20 years in prison for sexual assault of a child and attempted aggravated sexual assault.

Authorities said anyone who sees Young should not attempt to apprehend him. Just call 911.

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