Hamilton Police have arrested a young Hamilton man in connection with the stabbing death of another young man from the Peel Region early Sunday morning on Hamilton’s East Mountain.
At around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday (July 19), two groups of men in their late teens and early 20s, met in a plaza parking lot at 310 Limeridge Rd. West, police say.
One group was from the Peel Region and the second group was from Hamilton. They were there to discuss an ongoing minor dispute between men from each of the groups.
Four cars with eight to 10 men from Peel were immediately swarmed by between 20 to 30 men from the Hamilton group armed with an array of weapons including knives, sticks, rocks and a conducted energy weapon (CEW), Hamilton Police say.
The occupants in the vehicles were assaulted, removed from the cars and chased. At one point, two members from the Hamilton group took over a Ford Mustang and BMW that belonged to the Peel group and drove dangerously around the lot.
The BMW struck two men in the Hamilton group. This incident was partially captured on camera and distributed via social media.
Three of the individuals from Peel suffered injuries and went to hospital after 911 was called. Two of the men were stabbed, while one was admitted and underwent surgery. He is now recovering in hospital. The other two were treated and released.
Around 5:00 a.m. as detectives were investigating the assaults, they were advised that one of the Peel group members was missing. With the assistance of the Hamilton Police K9 Unit, police located 19-year-old Ali Mohummad deceased in the north-west corner of the parking lot of 11 Kendale Court.
The Major Crime Unit was contacted to attend and a large scene was roped off for most of Sunday as forensic investigators processed the scene for evidence.
Police have canvassed the area for witnesses and surveillance footage and are asking anyone who may have captured the incident, and who has not yet spoken to them, to contact the Major Crime Unit.
Investigators say they have identified and interviewed all the persons from the Peel contingent.
They co-operated with the investigation and provided valuable information. As a result of this co-operation and other evidence, a 17-year-old man from Hamilton was arrested Monday morning on the Hamilton Mountain.
He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning and is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault (x2) and assault with a weapon.
Investigators say they are making progress in identifying the others who were present during this attack.
Police are recommending that anyone who was present and had no direct involvement in the assaults, reach out to provide their account of what transpired. Those others who participated in assaulting the victims should seek legal advice and turn themselves in.
Anyone with information related to this crime is asked to contact Detective Daryl Reid of Hamilton Police’s 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 at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com