Third youth arrested in connection to Hamilton stabbing death of young Peel man: Police
Hamilton Police have arrested a third youth in connection to a July 2020 homicide on the West Mountain.
Police said a 17-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday (May 12) at his West Mountain home and charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 19-year-old Ali Mohummad from the Peel Region.
He also faces aggravated assault (x2) and assault-with-a-weapon charges.
The fatal incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 19, 2020, shortly after 01:00 a.m., when a group of youths from Hamilton and a second group from the Peel Region met up at a plaza parking lot on Limeridge Road West.
An ongoing dispute between two of the parties, one from each side, was to be settled, police said. When the group from Peel arrived at the lot, they were outnumbered and were immediately ambushed by the larger Hamilton contingent, police allege.
Three of the out-of-towners received stab wounds and other injuries and required hospital treatment as two members of the Hamilton mob received injuries after being struck by a vehicle. They left and sought medical treatment on their own, prior to police and paramedics arriving.
According to police, several hours later, it was realized that one of the persons from Peel was unaccounted for and police returned to the area.
With the assistance of the canine unit, Mohummad was located, deceased, by the fence line at the northwest corner of 11 Kendale Court. An autopsy later revealed, died as the result of stab wounds.
The altercation was caught on video and was distributed on social media.
Early in the investigation, the Major Crime Unit took carriage of the case and two 17-year-old boys were arrested and charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault (x2) and assault with a weapon within days of the murder.
"In 2020, the Hamilton Police Service recorded its highest number of murders," Hamilton Police said in a press release issued Thursday (May 13).
"Despite the heavy workload, the lead investigator on the Mohummad case, Det Daryl Reid, from the Major Crime Unit continued to view hours of surveillance video, track down persons who were present and witnessed the events surrounding Ali's death, the majority who did not wish to become involved. This dedication led to the police identifying one of the knife-wielding attackers."
The third arrested youth is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.
Police said the investigation has not been concluded and anyone who has not spoken to police and who was present and witnessed the altercation last July is encouraged to contact Detective Daryl Reid of the Major Crime Unit by calling 905-546-3825
To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online.
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