Calgary man charged in Bell World robbery makes first court appearance

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
June 13, 2018 - 2:15pm

LETHBRIDGE – The lone adult charged in connection with an alleged robbery in Lethbridge that was followed by a police pursuit last week, made his first court appearance Wednesday, June 13.

Ruach Bang appeared briefly in court via CCTV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, with an agent speaking on behalf of Bang’s Calgary lawyer, Robin McIntyre. They were granted an adjournment to June 18, at which time they intend to apply for bail.

Crown prosecutor Michael Fox also gave notice that they will be bringing Bang’s Calgary charges and possibly ones from Strathmore down to Lethbridge, as they will be seeking to have his previous bail revoked in addition to opposing the new application for release.

The charges against the 20-year-old Calgary man stem from an incident on June 7. Lethbridge Police say it occurred around 2:30 p.m., when four males went into Bell World along the 3700 block of Mayor Magrath Drive South. They allegedly placed the two employees – a male and female – in headlocks, pulled them into the back of the store and forced them to open a safe. Police say the suspects then took 73 cellphones and fled the scene.

They were taken into custody a short time later on Highway 519 near Granum, when RCMP deployed a spike belt after the suspect vehicle failed to stop for them.

Police stated during a media availability that the estimated retail value of the cellphones was $25,000.

The three other individuals arrested include a 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds who cannot be identified due to their age.

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