Man chased woman through mo­tel be­fore shoot­ing at her in car: po­lice

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NI­COLE O’REILLY

A 28-year-old Hamil­ton man is facing an at­tempted mur­der charge af­ter al­legedly shoot­ing at a woman who was try­ing to escape him at a Burling­ton mo­tel, where he al­legedly flashed a gun at an em­ployee to find her room.

Hal­ton po­lice were called to the shoot­ing at the Mo­tel 6, 4345 North Ser­vice Rd., around 11:25 a.m. Tues­day af­ter a sin­gle shot was fired at a car in the park­ing lot. No one was hurt and the shot-at ve­hi­cle was found about three kilo­me­tres away near Main­way and Dil­lon Road.

Po­lice now be­lieve the shooter showed up at the mo­tel ear­lier that morn­ing, around 3 a.m., and opened a knap­sack show­ing a hand­gun to a mo­tel em­ployee. Po­lice say he de­manded ac­cess to a room where a “fe­male ac­quain­tance” was stay­ing.

But the room was empty and the sus­pect fled in a sil­ver hatch­back. Po­lice were called, but the sus­pect was not found.

It’s al­leged the same man re­turned to the mo­tel later that morn­ing, con­fronted the woman and chased her through the mo­tel. She ran to a car in the park­ing lot oc­cu­pied by an­other man she knew.

Po­lice al­lege the Hamil­ton man then threat­ened to kill the woman and fired a sin­gle gun­shot into the front hood of the car, with the woman in the pas­sen­ger seat.

The car sped off and po­lice al­lege the shooter got in his car and chased them for 2 kilo­me­tres be­fore flee­ing.

Hal­ton po­lice have an idea what the mo­tive was, but are not dis­clos­ing it at this point in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said Det. Sgt. Ron Hansen.

He also wouldn’t com­ment on the vic­tim, other than to say she was found near the shot-at car and was not in­jured.

“It’s very rare that we get shoot­ing calls like this in Burling­ton,” he said. “These type of in­ci­dents are a shock to the com­mu­nity.”

Po­lice be­lieve there was never a threat to pub­lic safety as the shoot­ing was tar­geted. How­ever, there was a near-miss col­li­sion be­tween an un­in­volved ve­hi­cle and the vic­tim’s car as it fled the mo­tel.

Around 4:30 p.m. Tues­day po­lice lo­cated the al­leged sus­pect in a Main Street West park­ing lot in Hamil­ton.

James Kohne Phix­ak­oune, 28, was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent and is charged with at­tempted mur­der and dis­charg­ing a firearm.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at his Hamil­ton res­i­dence and say they found a hand­gun.

Phix­ak­oune is sched­uled to next ap­pear in court on Fri­day, where he’s ex­pected to face ad­di­tional charges.

Hansen said Phix­ak­oune was not pre­vi­ously known by Hal­ton po­lice.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Det. Joe Barr at 905-825-4747 ext. 2385 or to re­main anony­mous, Crime Stop­pers at 1800 222-TIPS (8477).

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