Man charged with 2nd-degree murder after fatal stabbing in Ottawa's Chinatown

·2 min read
Man charged with 2nd-degree murder after fatal stabbing in Ottawa's Chinatown
Man charged with 2nd-degree murder after fatal stabbing in Ottawa's Chinatown

Ottawa police have charged a 44-year-old man with second-degree murder after a fatal stabbing in Ottawa's Chinatown neighbourhood Wednesday.

In an update Thursday, police said Kevin Richer of Ottawa was charged in the death of 42-year-old Jonathan Hammell, who was found with stab wounds at a home on Eccles Street near Lebreton Street N.

Richer is scheduled to be in court Thursday, according to police.

On Wednesday afternoon, a homicide investigation was underway on Eccles Street. Several police vehicles were seen parked along the street, where the entrance to a rooming house was taped off. An ambulance was also seen leaving the area.

I could have gotten up and done something ... but didn't, and now he's dead. - Aaron Grand, neighbour

On Wednesday night, Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt told CBC News police responded to a call at about 4 p.m. and found a 42-year-old man with stab wounds inside the house. The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Pirt.

Pirt said another man described as a "person of interest" was arrested nearby later in the day.

Reno Patry/CBC
Reno Patry/CBC

Aaron Grand, who lives next door, said the two men lived in together in the rooming house. He said he heard them fighting before the incident.

"I didn't think much of it because I hear arguments all the time. It didn't seem anything really out of the ordinary," Grand said. He later heard someone yelling to call 911, and another neighbour came get Grand for help.

He said he went behind the house where he saw the suspect running away.

"So I came out of the front and I saw [the injured man] on the balcony and one of the other neighbours was holding a towel to his neck," Grand said.

Francis Ferland/CBC
Francis Ferland/CBC

Grand said the man who died was a nice person who would sometimes watch sports with him.

"I can't get it out of my head," Grand said. "I could have gotten up and done something ... but didn't, and now he's dead."

WATCH | Neighbour describes argument on Eccles Street:

The homicide unit is leading the investigation, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493.