Masked thugs — one female — stab two in ‘targeted’ attack on Hamilton Mountain

News Apr 08, 2016 The Hamilton Spectator

Police are looking for four masked suspects — one of them a female — who burst into a Hamilton Mountain home in the early morning Thursday and left two young men with stab wounds.

The two victims, 18 and 20, were taken to hospital. The 18 year-old, who had life-threatening injuries, is now in stable condition. The 20-year-old was treated and released.

Police and paramedics were dispatched to a weapons call at 2:41 a.m. at the home at 50 Hazelton Ave. a side street several blocks east of Garth Street.

Hamilton police were told several masked suspects had just fled from the two-storey house after assaulting a man inside moments before they arrived.

Police say there were two injured men at the house.

Det. David Brady said Thursday afternoon that police believe this home invasion to have been a targeted attack, and that as a result, there are no public-safety issues.

Four to five suspects are being sought and police believe one of them is female, Brady said.

A police dog searched the area. While the attackers were not located, police say pieces of evidence were found and seized.

Brady would not say what the evidence is or why police believe it was a targeted attack.

Police were no longer at the house by Thursday afternoon and no search warrant was used, although police stated earlier they would be at the home until a search warrant was obtained to get inside.

Brady said police are still trying to determine if anything was stolen from the house.

Police do not know if the suspects escaped on foot or in a car.

Overnight pictures from the scene showed four vehicles in the driveway blocked in by police tape.

Officers canvassed the neighbourhood looking to speak with residents and any witnesses.

The attackers were wearing dark-coloured clothing with their faces covered.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives James Durka or Mike Hall at 905-546-4947 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

In February, Coun. Terry Whitehead, a member of the police services board, said home invasions have become a real concern and suggested the homes being targeted are those of people involved in the drug industry.

Whitehead believes extra police vigilance has caused criminals to adopt more extreme measures in their search for drugs.

Hamilton police spokesperson Const. Steve Welton said at the time, that home invasions have spiked compared to the same period in 2015, 2014 or 2013.

On Thursday Welton said there have been 17 home invasions up to Feb. 22 this year, his most up to date figures. There were 34 invasions in 2015.

Masked thugs — one female — stab two in ‘targeted’ attack on Hamilton Mountain

News Apr 08, 2016 The Hamilton Spectator

Police are looking for four masked suspects — one of them a female — who burst into a Hamilton Mountain home in the early morning Thursday and left two young men with stab wounds.

The two victims, 18 and 20, were taken to hospital. The 18 year-old, who had life-threatening injuries, is now in stable condition. The 20-year-old was treated and released.

Police and paramedics were dispatched to a weapons call at 2:41 a.m. at the home at 50 Hazelton Ave. a side street several blocks east of Garth Street.

Hamilton police were told several masked suspects had just fled from the two-storey house after assaulting a man inside moments before they arrived.

Police say there were two injured men at the house.

Det. David Brady said Thursday afternoon that police believe this home invasion to have been a targeted attack, and that as a result, there are no public-safety issues.

Four to five suspects are being sought and police believe one of them is female, Brady said.

A police dog searched the area. While the attackers were not located, police say pieces of evidence were found and seized.

Brady would not say what the evidence is or why police believe it was a targeted attack.

Police were no longer at the house by Thursday afternoon and no search warrant was used, although police stated earlier they would be at the home until a search warrant was obtained to get inside.

Brady said police are still trying to determine if anything was stolen from the house.

Police do not know if the suspects escaped on foot or in a car.

Overnight pictures from the scene showed four vehicles in the driveway blocked in by police tape.

Officers canvassed the neighbourhood looking to speak with residents and any witnesses.

The attackers were wearing dark-coloured clothing with their faces covered.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives James Durka or Mike Hall at 905-546-4947 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

In February, Coun. Terry Whitehead, a member of the police services board, said home invasions have become a real concern and suggested the homes being targeted are those of people involved in the drug industry.

Whitehead believes extra police vigilance has caused criminals to adopt more extreme measures in their search for drugs.

Hamilton police spokesperson Const. Steve Welton said at the time, that home invasions have spiked compared to the same period in 2015, 2014 or 2013.

On Thursday Welton said there have been 17 home invasions up to Feb. 22 this year, his most up to date figures. There were 34 invasions in 2015.

Masked thugs — one female — stab two in ‘targeted’ attack on Hamilton Mountain

News Apr 08, 2016 The Hamilton Spectator

Police are looking for four masked suspects — one of them a female — who burst into a Hamilton Mountain home in the early morning Thursday and left two young men with stab wounds.

The two victims, 18 and 20, were taken to hospital. The 18 year-old, who had life-threatening injuries, is now in stable condition. The 20-year-old was treated and released.

Police and paramedics were dispatched to a weapons call at 2:41 a.m. at the home at 50 Hazelton Ave. a side street several blocks east of Garth Street.

Hamilton police were told several masked suspects had just fled from the two-storey house after assaulting a man inside moments before they arrived.

Police say there were two injured men at the house.

Det. David Brady said Thursday afternoon that police believe this home invasion to have been a targeted attack, and that as a result, there are no public-safety issues.

Four to five suspects are being sought and police believe one of them is female, Brady said.

A police dog searched the area. While the attackers were not located, police say pieces of evidence were found and seized.

Brady would not say what the evidence is or why police believe it was a targeted attack.

Police were no longer at the house by Thursday afternoon and no search warrant was used, although police stated earlier they would be at the home until a search warrant was obtained to get inside.

Brady said police are still trying to determine if anything was stolen from the house.

Police do not know if the suspects escaped on foot or in a car.

Overnight pictures from the scene showed four vehicles in the driveway blocked in by police tape.

Officers canvassed the neighbourhood looking to speak with residents and any witnesses.

The attackers were wearing dark-coloured clothing with their faces covered.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives James Durka or Mike Hall at 905-546-4947 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

In February, Coun. Terry Whitehead, a member of the police services board, said home invasions have become a real concern and suggested the homes being targeted are those of people involved in the drug industry.

Whitehead believes extra police vigilance has caused criminals to adopt more extreme measures in their search for drugs.

Hamilton police spokesperson Const. Steve Welton said at the time, that home invasions have spiked compared to the same period in 2015, 2014 or 2013.

On Thursday Welton said there have been 17 home invasions up to Feb. 22 this year, his most up to date figures. There were 34 invasions in 2015.