Calgary Herald

Ex-city man now wanted in Vancouver

Walks away from halfway house

- STEPHANE MASSINON

Aman with a long criminal history in Calgary is wanted in Vancouver for being unlawfully at large.

Vancouver police say James Patrick Benson, 32, walked away from a halfway house in Vancouver late Thursday.

He is on a long-term supervisio­n order.

Benson was convicted of extortion in 2008 for bringing a fake bomb and BB gun to City Hall, which started a four-hour standoff.

His criminal history dates to the early 1990s. He has conviction­s for sexual assault, attempted murder, extortion, and property and weapons offences.

Calgary police say there is no indication Benson is here, but say to call police if he is spotted.

Vancouver police say Benson is 5 feet 8, weights 200 pounds and has short brown hair and brown eyes.

He wears prescripti­on glasses and has scars on his left forearm and left calf. He has a tattoo on his left forearm reading “MORBID” in tribal letters, “0117-07 on the inside of his left wrist, “LOST SOUL” on his upper chest, a flame design on his left thigh, and tribal art on his upper right arm.

It’s not the first time Benson has breached his conditions.

In February 2011 he went missing and was found in March 2011 at a friend’s home on B.C.’S Sunshine Coast.

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James Patrick Benson

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