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Vic rapist leapt from building over fence

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 Angus Livingston and Helen Velissaris

A convicted rapist jumped more than four metres from a building to the top of a five-metre high fence to abscond from a Melbourne disability treatment facility.

Police believe Christopher Austin is heading to Mildura after he fled the Disability Forensic Assessment and Treatment Service in Fairfield about 11.30pm on Tuesday.

Austin was serving a five-year residential placement order after committing a sexual assault.

"Apparently he managed to get over a five-metre high fence, and did so by leaping over four metres from the roof of a nearby facility on to that fence," Disability Minister Martin Foley said on Wednesday.

"He's not well, and he should return as soon as he possibly can. We need to make sure that not only he is safe, but more importantly the community is safe."

Superintendent Peter De Santo said police are focusing their search efforts on Mildura because the 22-year-old has connections there.

"He's from the Warrnambool area, we know he's got an interest in Mildura and that's why we strongly suspect that he's heading towards Mildura," Supt De Santo told reporters.

A man fitting Austin's description was seen at 6am in Kew East, pushing a mountain bike along the Main Yarra Trail near Willow Grove, wearing shorts and a jumper.

Austin - who has an intellectual disability - had two years remaining on his order after being convicted of rape.

He has dollar sign tattoos on his leg and finger and a rat-tail hairstyle.

Austin was alone when he left the 14-bed facility, which currently houses eight people.

Supt De Santo urges the public to not approach him.

"He's high risk, possibly violent, that's why I've asked the public, don't go near him, just notify police through triple zero," he said.

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