Victoria police hunt convicted bank robber

Benjamin Schooner walked away from Victoria halfway house Tuesday

Victoria police are asking the public to report the whereabouts of convicted bank robber Benjamin Schooner

Victoria police are asking the public to report the whereabouts of convicted bank robber Benjamin Schooner

A Nanaimo man with a history of violence walked away from a Victoria halfway house Tuesday, prompting police to warn the public.

Benjamin Paul Schooner, 21, was half way through serving a three-year sentence for eight counts of robbery when he was reported missing to Victoria police.

“He has a history of violent convictions and has robbed banks and convenience stores in the Nanaimo area,” Const. Mike Russell, Victoria police spokesperson, said in a statement.

The public is urged not to confront the federal parolee, described as six feet tall and about 205 pounds. He has brown eyes, short brown hair and possibly facial hair.

If you spot Schooner or know where he is, please call 911.

emccracken@vicnews.com