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Parolee back in custody on count of armed robbery

Serving five-year sentence for shooting a man, Smitty Ralph Bent apprehended over weekend

A man with a history of violence is back in custody for allegedly committing a robbery at gunpoint.

Smitty Ralph Bent was arrested early morning Saturday, Prince George RCMP said, after police were called a report of an armed robbery near Ospika Boulevard and 15 Avenue.

Police flooded the neighbourhood and soon located a suspect matching the description provided by the alleged victim.

The man tried to flee police, ditching a bike he had been riding in the process and hopping a fence. But RCMP caught up to him and say a loaded gun was found on Bent when he was arrested.

Bent had been at large on a Canada-wide warrant after violating his parole conditions. 

In March 2019, Bent was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting a man who confronted him and a fellow culprit caught sneaking onto a neighbour's property.

As of Wednesday, Bent remained in custody on seven charges, including armed robbery with a firearm.

Police remain on the lookout for an alleged accomplice.


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