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Man stabbed multiple times in Hamilton’s 12th homicide of 2020

Hamilton police investigate the city's 12th homicide of 2020 near a variety store in the city's centre on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
Hamilton police investigate the city's 12th homicide of 2020 near a variety store in the city's centre on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Ken Mann / Global News

Police say a stabbing in Central Hamilton on Sunday night is the city’s 12th homicide of 2020.

The victim was found lying “unresponsive” next to his vehicle with stab wounds at a variety store located at 440 Cannon St. E., in Hamilton just after 10 p.m., investigators say.

Witnesses at the scene pointed police to a female suspect who was arrested near the scene without incident.

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The woman has been charged with second-degree murder, according to police.

Police say a 60-year-old Hamilton man was found beside his vehicle with apparent fatal stab wounds outside a Cannon Street East variety store Sunday Sept. 27, 2020.
Police say a 60-year-old Hamilton man was found beside his vehicle with apparent fatal stab wounds outside a Cannon Street East variety store Sunday Sept. 27, 2020. Ken Mann / Global News

 

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In a presser on Monday morning, Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk revealed the victim is 60-year-old Zoran Benasich. The accused is 36-year-old Milena Pheasant.

Investigators say the two involved knew each other but did not elaborate further on the relationship.

Police will be canvassing the area on Monday for more witnesses and video.

Anyone with information can reach police at 905-546-4921. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submitted online.