Chilliwack man charged with attempted murder for pre-Christmas stabbing

Ryan Todd Malow faces numerous charges for alleged incident downtown on Dec. 23

A local prolific offender faces a charge of attempted murder for an alleged stabbing downtown Chilliwack before Christmas.

Ryan Todd Malow, 41, was arrested on Dec. 31 in connection with the incident on Dec. 23.

At approximately 5 p.m. on that day the Chilliwack RCMP received a report of a stabbing at a business in the 45000-block of Yale Road. The Progress has confirmed it was the Travelodge Hotel.

Mounties report that evidence collected by Chilliwack General Investigation Support Team (GIST) officers during their investigation linked Malow to the stabbing, and he was arrested on New Year’s Eve.

RCMP reported on Jan. 8 that Malow was charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. But according to court records, he is also charged with attempted murder, a series of charges that may be amended at a later date.

“Fortunately the victim is expected to recover from their injury,” according to Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.

Malow was in court on Jan. 1 and 3 and is next due in court on Jan. 10. He was out on bail on another charge when the Dec. 23 incident took place so Crown will apply to have that bail revoked at his Jan. 10 court appearance. He remains in custody until Jan. 10.

His other charge comes along with co-accused Kristopher Benson, Tracey Clements and Rebecca Sackley for theft under $5,000 for an incident on Oct. 18, 2018. All four are due in court to face those charges on Jan. 15.

Malow has an extensive criminal history from Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Surrey, Port Coquitlam, Vancouver and North Vancouver. His most recent conviction was for theft under $5,000 from Sept. 13, 2017 in Chilliwack.

His co-accused on the theft file, Kristopher Benson, was in the news recently as the owner of a large pit bull that violently attacked a woman and her dog in Garrison Crossing in 2017.

• READ MORE: Violent pit bull attack leaves Chilliwack woman with tendon damage

Benson, who also has an extensive criminal history, fled the scene of the dog attack, hid the dog and even changed its colour.

Eventually the dog was found and he lost a civil claim by the Fraser Valley Regional District to destroy the dog.

• READ MORE: Pit bull involved in vicious attack in Chilliwack to be destroyed

In an unrelated incident, while at the Travelodge protecting the crime scene, in the early hours of Dec. 24, officers heard a cry for help from a nearby unit where they found a woman suffering from an alleged drug overdose.

Officers initiated first aid for 10 minutes until the person was revived. She was transported to hospital by BC Ambulance and later released.

“As emergency first responders our officers are trained in the deployment of naloxone spray and the application of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which in this instance saved a life,” Rail said.


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