by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:
CHARLOTTE, NC - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team is searching for a man who has cut off his electronic ankle monitor for the third time in less than two years.
Tomonta Simmons cut off his ankle bracelet Thursday, and detectives have been actively looking for him, according to police.
Simmons was assigned to the electronic monitoring program in August after he was arrested during a search at a home in northwest Charlotte.
Detectives found multiple pistols, marijuana and rounds of ammunition inside a car Simmons, who is already a convicted felon, had been driving, according to court documents.
Simmons cut off his first electronic monitor in November 2011 and his second in March 2012.
Channel 9 contacted court officials to ask Judge Donnie Hoover why he signed off on Simmons' ankle monitor in August instead of keeping him locked in jail.
Channel 9 also tried to contact head District Court Judge Reagan Miller, who oversees the monitoring program, but did not hear back from either judge.
The monitoring program has been historically successful; according to CMPD data.
In 2012, only 2 percent of inmates cut off their monitors.