Hamilton murder suspect facing over 12 charges in relation to stabbing

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Published July 21, 2021 at 2:53 pm

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The Hamilton Police Service announced more than a dozen charges have been laid against the only suspect in a murder investigation.

Myles Blackburn, a 40-year-old from Hamilton, is accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Christopher La Rose, 40, of Brampton.

Blackburn is also accused of:

  • Transport firearm in a careless manner
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm while not a holder of a firearm licence
  • Carry concealed weapon
  • Occupant of motor vehicle with a firearm
  • Possession of firearm while prohibited X 7

On Sunday (July 18), shortly after 9:46 a.m., police responded to reports of an injured male lying on the sidewalk near 575 Queenston Rd. Police arrived to find a man suffering from stab wounds. The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Hamilton Police Service (HPS) says the stabbing occurred at Red Rose Motel.

The suspect, Blackburn, was attending a unit in the motel where La Rose was reportedly visiting. The pair engaged in a “physical altercation,” according to police before La Rose was stabbed and fled eastbound on Queenston Rd where he collapsed.

“The weapon used in this attack has not been recovered and Blackburn should be considered dangerous,” said HPS. “If seen, members of the public are encouraged not to approach him and call 911 immediately.”

Police say Blackburn fled the area prior to their arrival.

He will appear in court Wednesday (July 21).

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