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Police are advising anyone who sees Timothy Preddy to call 911 and not to approach him. ((RCMP))

A man charged with holding two women hostage and attempted murder has escaped from a remand centre in northern B.C.

Timothy Shawn Preddy, 44, escaped from the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre around midnight on Sunday.

RCMP Const. Gary Godwin said police dog teams tracked him until the scent went cold.

"The track ended abruptly, so we believe he had an accomplice here who picked him up in a vehicle," Godwin said.

"We think he may be headed to Alberta. He is considered a violent offender, so you should keep your doors locked."

Preddy was charged last summer after a distraught woman was found running down a street in Valemount, south of Prince George near the Alberta border, with her hands bound with electrical cord.

Police found another woman tied up inside a motorhome just outside the village.

Preddy was charged with attempted murder, unlawful confinement, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

He is described as being around six feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with grey hair and beard.

Police said he has several identifying tattoos, including a dragon, a demon and a skull.

Police are advising anyone who sees Preddy to call 911.