Victoria police apprehend fugitive wanted for two months

Guy Gene Tomoff tracked down after routine check of abandoned vehicle

A violent offender who walked away from a Victoria halfway house in late January is behind bars.

When he left the halfway house, Guy Gene Tomoff, 50, was in the middle of serving his third federal sentence for a 2009 robbery at a Nanaimo bar, during which he tied up a woman and stole cash and alcohol.

Last Thursday (April 5) at around 11 p.m., a Victoria police canine unit officer connected a series of dots that led to an Esquimalt apartment suite, where Tomoff was staying with an “associate,” said spokesperson Const. Mike Russell.

Officers were investigating an abandoned vehicle in the parking lot of 531 West Bay Terr. The vehicle led to the apartment in which police say Tomoff had been staying for a day or two, Russell said.

Tomoff was arrested without incident and is now at the Vancouver Island Regional Correction Centre waiting for his case to go before the Parole Board of Canada.

The process could take about two months, Russell said.

emccracken@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Langford firefighters help rescue tranquilized bear from a tree near city hall

Residents have been reporting on social media that a bear was recently seen in the area

Radio Host Erin Davis pens Mourning Has Broken following death of her daughter

Book by North Saanich woman gives advice to others struggling with grief

Bed Races on Beacon champs ready to defend their title

Race takes place July 7 on Beacon Avenue, raising funds for the Peninsula Youth Clinic

Saanich preschool celebrates 30 years with reunion event

Thousands invited RSVP for Carrot Seed Preschool 30-year celebration

Belgian man searches for family of fallen First World War soldier from Victoria

Mark Edward Berton attended Victoria High School and has his grave in Flanders Field

REPLAY: The best videos from across B.C. this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week in the province

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

B.C. VIEWS: Money-laundering melodrama made for TV

Public inquiry staged to point fingers before 2021 election

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Feds lay out proposed new rules for voice, video recorders in locomotives

Transport Canada wants to limit use of recorders to if a crew’s actions led to a crash

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Most Read