A man accused of stabbing another man at a Chilliwack hotel before Christmas no longer faces a charge of attempted murder but is charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
Ryan Todd Malow, 41, was arrested on Dec. 31 for the Dec. 23 assault of Owen Charpentier at the Travelodge Chilliwack.
Both men are prolific offenders and a source told The Progress Malow had been living at the homeless camp that has since been dismantled near the hotel and the Highway.
Malow is in custody and appeared in court on Jan. 10 at which time he consented to remain in custody until a preliminary inquiry on March 12.
He was originally charged with attempted murder, but Crown dropped that and proceeded on a new information with the charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
Malow’s lawyer Paul McMurray asked for the preliminary inquiry where the alleged victim Charpentier will need to testify. McMurray said Charpentier’s credibility is not great and the Crown’s case “will stand or fall” on the alleged victim’s testimony about what happened.
Malow was out on bail on another charge when the Dec. 23 incident took place, but he did not even apply for bail at his Jan. 10 appearance.
He is also charged with co-accused Kristopher Benson, Tracey Clements and Rebecca Sackley for theft under $5,000 for an incident at the Home Depot 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.