Sus­pect in cell­phone rob­bery re­mains in cus­tody

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Fol­low @DelonHer­ald on Twit­ter Delon Shurtz dshurtz@leth­bridge­herald.com

One of four people charged in re­la­tion to a rob­bery at a Leth­bridge Bell store ear­lier this year will re­main in cus­tody while his lawyer tries to re­solve his case with­out a trial.

Ruach Bang, 20, made a brief ap­pear­ance Fri­day in Leth­bridge pro­vin­cial court, where he ap­peared by closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion from the Leth­bridge Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre. The ac­cused, who has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest in June, is charged with rob­bery, fail­ing to stop for po­lice and breach­ing court or­ders.

Cal­gary lawyer Robin McIn­tyre told court she is hav­ing res­o­lu­tion dis­cus­sions with the Crown prose­cu­tor, and asked that the case be ad­journed to Sept. 24.

Bang, of Cal­gary, and three teenage boys, who can’t be iden­ti­fied, were ar­rested fol­low­ing the day­light rob­bery of the Bell store in the 3700 block of Mayor Ma­grath Drive South on June 7. A man and woman, both em­ploy­ees, were placed in head­locks, dragged to the back of the store and forced to open a safe. They sus­tained mi­nor in­juries and were treated by EMS at the scene.

Po­lice re­ported four in­di­vid­u­als stole dozens of high-end cell­phones, then fled in a ve­hi­cle, which RCMP later spot­ted on High­way 519 east of Granum. The driver re­fused to stop for po­lice, how­ever, and a spike belt was de­ployed. The driver and his pas­sen­gers were ar­rested, and dur­ing a search of the ve­hi­cle po­lice found 73 new cell­phones.

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