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Police search for violent offender who fled Vancouver halfway house

James Patrick Benson is seen in this handout photo. Investigators with the VPD High Risk Offenders Unit are hunting for a wanted sex offender on statutory release. Thirty-six-year-old James Patrick Benson is a two-time federal offender with a history of violent offences including attempted murder and sexual assault with a weapon.
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June 03, 2016 - 6:30 PM

VANCOUVER - Police are searching for a man they say is a high-risk offender who fled a Vancouver halfway home just a day after he was released from custody.

Const. Brian Montague with the Vancouver Police Department says James Benson is a two-time federal offender with a history of violence, including attempted murder and sexual assault with a weapon.

The 36-year-old was let out on mandatory release on Thursday under a long-term supervision order with several conditions.

A Canada-wide warrant for Benson's arrest has been issued.

Police say he has ties to both Calgary and Vancouver.

Montague says Vancouver police have previously warned the public about Benson, and anyone who knows his whereabouts or sees him is asked not to approach him and contact police immediately.

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