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Halton Police arrest man who removed ankle monitor while awaiting sentence

Ryan Gentles has pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges
Ryan Gentles.

Halton Police have tracked down a Brampton man who they say removed his ankle monitor and fled while awaiting sentencing on human trafficking charges.

Police arrested 31-year-old Ryan Gentles yesterday (Feb. 22). He's now been charged with:

  • Fail to comply with release order (three counts)
  • Fail to comply with judicial non-communication order.

Gentles is in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police say Gentles had previously been released on bail and is awaiting a sentencing hearing for human trafficking charges, which he has pleaded guilty to already.

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Halton Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for Ryan Gentles, who pleaded guilty to a slew of charges in connection with a 2022 human trafficking investigation.

According to police, the 31-year-old Brampton resident had pleaded guilty to charges in Halton, including:

  • Trafficking in persons
  • Material benefit resulting from trafficking in persons
  • Advertising sexual services
  • Four counts of assault.

A police press release states that Gentles was out on bail awaiting a sentencing hearing. On Jan. 8, police say he removed his ankle monitor and fled the area of Dixie Road and Bovaird Drive in Brampton.

Gentles is about six feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has a medium build and is known to frequent the GTA, notably Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. 

Gentles also goes by "Grizzy Gwop" and has that name tattooed on his left arm.

Police urge anyone who has come into contact with Gentles or has information about his whereabouts to contact the Halton Regional Police Service Human Trafficking Unit at 905-827-4747, ext 5331.

Anyone who sees Gentles is advised not to approach him and call 911 immediately.

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