(KRLD/CBSDFW.COM) – The Department of Public Safety is warning residents in North Texas about a dangerous criminal who escaped from a Houston halfway house Monday night.

Timothy Rosales Jr., 39, was convicted and serving out a sentence for separate assaults. “He has family in the Denton area and was originally convicted of two aggravated sexual assaults in Potter County, in the Amarillo area, in 1987,” Department of Public Safety official Tela Mange told KRLD NewRadio 1080.

Rosales apparently removed his ankle bracelet and fled the Reid Facility, where he was under electronic monitoring.

Mange also believes Rosales has found a way to arm himself. “He’s a high-risk sex offender,” she said. “He’s considered armed and dangerous and we need to get him back in custody as soon as possible.”

Rosales is Hispanic, stands 5’7” tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He has brown eyes, a shaved head, tattoos on his left shoulder, arm and leg and on his back and chest, and a goatee. Anyone with information about his whereabouts or has seen him is asked to call local police immediately.

DPS is offering a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Rosales. Anyone with information can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 252-TIPS (8477), text the letters DPS, followed by your tip, to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone or submit a tip through the DPS website by clicking on the Texas 10 Most Wanted, selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture to submit a web tip.

All calls, texts and e-mails are anonymous.