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Hamilton Police charge man with attempted murder following rampage, investigate link to fatal stabbing

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Hamilton Police charge man with attempted murder following rampage, investigate link to fatal stabbing

Hamilton Police have charged a man with attempted murder in connection to a violent, random attack on a woman earlier this week and are exploring a possible connection to the city’s latest homicide.

Police say that on Monday (Nov. 9) at approximately 6:30 p.m., they were called to the area of York Boulevard and Queen Street North to reports of a disturbance.

Upon police arrival, police say they found a 46-year-old woman suffering from serious injuries. She was subsequently rushed to the hospital, where she is still recovering from her injuries.

Investigators say they have discovered that the woman was attacked with a large stick without provocation and that she did not know her attacker and there was no known connection between the two.

Detectives were able to secure video surveillance in the area and were able to obtain a description for area patrol units.

Later Monday night, police say they responded to numerous disturbance calls where a man was said to be randomly attacking people in the city. This man was eventually located and arrested by patrol units in the area of Jackson and MacNab St.

The suspect, 38-year-old Keith Allan Overholt, of no fixed address, was identified and arrested in connection to the attack on the woman.

Now, police say they are looking into the possibility that Overholt was involved in the death of a man found dead in downtown Hamilton Tuesday morning.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. on November 10, police say witnesses located the lifeless body of 29-year-old Andrew Ainscow of Hamilton.

He was located in an alleyway just west of James Street S between Duke and Bold Streets and it appeared Ainscow was stabbed to death in the alleyway.

The Major Crime Unit took charged of the homicide investigation.

Detectives reviewed the incident at York and Queen Street that took place the night previous with Divisional Detectives.

After video was obtained, the Major Crime unit assumed carriage of this incident and have charged Overholt with attempted murder.

Police say they’re asking in the area to check their surveillance systems. Canvassing for witnesses will continue throughout the day.

Anyone with information in relation to these cases is asked to contact Detective Lisa Chambers at 905-546-3843.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online.

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