SKOWHEGAN — A sex offender from California who allegedly jumped parole was arrested Monday after a foot chase by police in downtown Skowhegan.

Police say Jaime Michael Harrington, 29, was convicted in California of sex offenses against a girl younger than 16. He was sent to prison and later released on parole.

Harrington allegedly cut off his electronic ankle bracelet and fled the state. He is on the California Sex Offender Registry as being in violation of registration requirements since Aug. 8.

He is being held without bail in the Somerset County Jail, pending extradition back to California, Skowhegan police Officer Ronnie Blodgett said Tuesday.

Blodgett said local authorities got a tip Monday from a Kennebec County civil deputy that Harrington was living in an apartment on Madison Avenue.

“We did some background work on it and found out that he had warrants …,” Blodgett said.

Harrington moved to Skowhegan in January, Blodgett said.

“We sent a couple of undercovers to the door to try to make contact without drawing attention. That didn’t work, so when (the other officers) left I continued to watch the residence,” Blodgett said.

When Harrington and a female companion arrived at the house a short time later, Blodgett said he, Detective Kelly Hooper and Officer Timothy Williams went to the door with the warrants. Harrington fled through a back door, he said. “He gave up without a fight” when he was caught, Blodgett said. Details of Harrington’s sex offenses were not available Tuesday