Toronto, Ontario — A quick-thinking British Columbia towing professional narrowly survived a harrowing incident with a knife-wielding aggressor.
On Monday, a towing professional responded to a call on a back-woods road the sleepy retirement community of Lac La Hache, British Columbia. When he arrived, he was at the mercy of a knife-wielding assailant.
After responding to a call, the Williams Lake-based driver arrived at the scene of a vehicle stuck at the side of the road. For close to three-quarters of an hour, the suspect–who identified himself as the person who had requested the tow truck–held a knife to the tow truck operator and refused to allow the operator to leave.
Fortunately for the quick-thinking towing professional, who was able to surreptitiously alert police to the danger, he was in, the assailant was arrested.
Police later named him as Bishop Realff, a resident of Barriere, British Columbia.
Realff has been charged with forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, and extortion.
Canadian Towing Professional’s investigative journalism team has confirmed that Realff, a 24-year-old high school graduate of Barriere, Ontario, had no previous criminal record.
He is not believed to have any known connection to the towing industry.
This story will be updated as the exclusive investigation continues.