Homicide a mystery: ‘He stumbles in, covered in blood’
The gas station is isolated.
Though it is on busy Upper Centennial Parkway, the Pioneer station is surrounded by fields. And in the wee hours, it is the only beacon of light for a half kilometre or so.
Maybe that is why, at 2:30 a.m. Friday, a car pulled up and a 33year-old man who was driving got out and walked into the small office.
“He stumbles in and he’s covered in blood,” says Staff Sgt. Dave Oleniuk of the Hamilton Police Homicide Unit.
He was bleeding badly from a wound to his neck, Oleniuk says. A little over 48 hours later, he would succumb to his injury and his death would be declared a homicide.
A male employee and a customer were there when the injured man arrived and then collapsed. They called 911.
The woman who owns the gas station says her employee was upset by the encounter.
“He tried to help,” she says, adding that police seized her security video and the employee is now on vacation.
Police were not able to identify the victim in the first hours after he was taken to hospital.
And investigators have still not identified him publicly because notification is continuing to his relatives “all over the country and around the world,” according to Oleniuk.
Nor have police revealed the cause of death.
The autopsy began at about 11 a.m. Monday, Oleniuk says.
Oleniuk would say the man is from the Mississauga area and he was driving a vehicle registered to a relative.
Police do not think he has family in Hamilton and are still investigating the circumstances that led to his homicide and his arrival at the gas station.
No arrests have been made, but Oleniuk says the public is not in danger.
At first, the case was being handled by divisional detectives and the man was expected to survive.
But by Saturday night he “took a turn for the worse” and it became apparent to doctors that he wouldn’t make it, says Oleniuk, and the case was handed over to his unit.
The man died Sunday afternoon at 3:30 with family members at his bedside.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Ross Johnson at 905-526-3827 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
This marks Hamilton’s third homicide of 2017.