After more than 10 years, the investigation into the death of a Hamilton husband and father of two on Dec. 29, 2007, has turned up no answers as to why he was found dead in the middle of a North-end street.
At first, when Mendez’s was found at the intersection of Barton Street and Chesnut Avenue, police believed Mendez was the victim of a hit and run, but further investigation revealed that he was involved in an altercation with several youths in the area where his body was found.
According to police, they have been unable to discern a motive for the attack, which is believed to have taken place in the very early morning hours of Dec. 29, 2007.
Apparently, Mendez was walking westbound down Barton Street around 2:30 a.m. when it is believed he came across three young men.
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Police allege an altercation and brief chase of Mendez ensued. Two of the youths eventually fled the scene but one remained and is said to have delivered kicks around the area of Mendez’s head as he lay in the road.
According to police, the third youth suspect eventually fled the scene leaving Mendez in the intersection.
A short time later is when police say a car ran over Mendez and fled the scene. When emergency services arrived on the scene, Mendez was declared dead.
To this day, police have not identified any suspects or the driver of the car believed to be involved in Mendez’s death.
Anyone with information that might assist with the investigation into Rigoberto Mendez’s death is urged to call S/Sgt Dave Oleniuk at 905-546-3829.