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Hamilton Homicide 7 – Nicole Dragasic shot to death in the east end

Hamilton police were called to 778 Barton Street East at approximately 3:45am on report of a shooting.

Police and paramedics arrived to find the woman suffering from a gunshot wound in the doorway of her unit. She was rushed to hospital where she died of her injuries.

Police said they are very confident that the attack was targeted, and the victim was known to police.

The investigation is still in it’s early stages. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Update October 17th
Hamilton police have identified the female victim as Nicole Dragasic, 37,  of Hamilton.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim list is available here.

Update: police release the name of the victim and the accused – Man dies from stab wounds in Hamilton’s 6th Homicide

Hamilton Police responded to a disturbance at the Coco Bongo Lounge in Hamilton at approximately 3:30 am on September 10th.

Police found a man suffering from life threatening wounds. the victim was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries. Police said the Toronto man was injured as the bar was letting out.

Police are urging witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Doug Jonovich of the homicide unit by calling 905-546-4863.

Update September 16th
Police released the name of the suspect after he appeared in court. Samson Aristor 29. Aristor is facing a first degree murder charge in the death of Reald Vercani 33, of Toronto.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim List is available here.

Update: Youth charged in the homicide of Dwayne Bride, Hamilton’s 5th homicide this year

Hamilton police are investigating after Dwayne Bride, 42, was found unresponsive at the corner of Hess and Bold st in the early morning of June 3rd.

Detective Sgt. Peter Thom  of the Hamilton Police said “He was found lying on the sidewalk at about 2:45 a.m. after being stabbed with some sort of “sharp-edged weapon”. Bride was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police said Bride was with his family in the East end until around 10pm and are looking for witnesses who can help piece together Bride’s last moments.

Update June 23.
A 16 year old boy who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with second degree murder in connection to the death of Dwayne Bride.  Det. Sgt. Dave Oleniuk of the homicide unit said the charged is accused of insulting Dwayne Bride before stabbing him to death with a knife he was carrying.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Andrew Coughlan at 905-546-3874 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim List is available here.

Update: Hamilton’s 4th homicide: Angelo Musitano dies from gunshot wounds in Waterdown

Police responded to a cal at Chesapeake Dr. in Waterdown on May 2nd at around 4:00pm on report of gunshots. Police found 39 year old Angelo Musitano suffering from several gunshot wounds in his truck that was parked in the driveway of his home.

Musitano was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police believe the homicide was targeted and are looking for the shooter who has been described as:
Male stalky build, wearing a dark toque, black jacket, grey pants and dark shoes.

Update May 9.
Police have determined though video evidence that the suspect fled the scene in a burgundy 2006 Ford Fusion with rusty rims. The getaway car was found abandoned on May 2017 in the area of Fenton Drive and Braeheid Avenue in Waterdown. Police believe the vehicle was abandoned and the suspect fled in another vehicle. Instigators are asking anyone who witnessed a second vehicle in the area or any suspicious circumstances to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-546-4167.

Update January 12, 2018

Hamilton police believe more than one person was involved in stalking Angelo Muistano prior to his death, and more than one vehicle was used to accomplish this task.

A  2006 Ford Fusion used by the killer has been directly linked to a 2006 – 2011 black, two door, Honda Civic. A  male driving the Ford Fusion was seen arriving and leaving in the Honda Civic during the time Angelo Musitano was being followed.

A red 2017, Chevrolet Malibu,  was captured on video in and around the Chesapeake Drive area during this period, and the day before Musitano was murdered appeared to be watching Angelo Musitano’s residence. The Malibu drove off as soon as Musitano pulled into his driveway.

And lastly grey or blue Infiniti sedan, was also seen by a witness in the Braeheid Avenue area interacting with the burgundy Ford Fusion .

Hamilton police will be paying visits to anyone who owned a 2006 to 2011 black, two door, Honda Civic, in and around May 2, 2017.

If you have any information you are asked to contact Detective Jason Cattle by calling 905-546-4167.

Update September 20th 2018
Jabril Hassan Abdalla, 27, of Hamilton, has been arrested and charged with the murders of  Angelo Musitano and, Mila Barberi as well as the attempted murder of Saverio Serrano.

Canada-wide warrants have also been issued for Michael Graham Cudmore, 37, from Hamilton and Daniel Mario Tomassetti, 27, of Ancaster. All three individuals are facing the following charges:

  • First Degree Murder x2
  • Attempted Murder
  • Conspiracy to Commit Murder x3

Police believe that Michael Cudmore and Daniel Tomassetti have fled to Mexico.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jason Cattle at 905-546-4167.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim list is available here.

Update: Homicide investigation is underway after man found injured at a Hamilton Gas station dies

On April 28th at around 2:30am a man drove a vehicle into a Pioneer Gas Station at 333 Upper Centennial Parkway in Hamilton. The man was covered in blood.

The victim was able to get help from a passerby who called 911. Emergency crews took the victim to hospital where he died of his injuries on April 30th.

The police are not releasing any other details at this time to protect the integrity of the case.

Update: The victim has been identifies as Hayder Qasim-Rushdi 33, of Mississauga. Qasim-Rushdi was not known to police.


Police have issued warrants for the arrest of three 17 year old girls, who can’t be named as they are minors.  It is believed that the girls were working as escorts. The knife used in the murder has been located, and the victim’s vehicle is under forensic analysis.

Update May 4th

Two females have now been arrested after turning themselves into police.

Update December 20th
The 17 year old girl from Hamilton pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The 18 and 18 year old girls from Toronto pleaded guilty to robbery. Initially the three girls were facing second degree murder charges.

This is the 3rd homicide in Hamilton this year. The 2017 Homicide Victim List is available here.


James Acker dies in hospital after being attacked at St. Joseph’s Villa

James Acker 86, was attacked in his sleep on the night of January 28th at St. Joseph’s Villa, by a resident who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Both Acker and the assailant suffer from alzheimer’s.

Acker was taken to the Hamilton General Hospital with severe head trauma, where he remained until his death on April 16th. Acker’s family said he never recovered from the attack.

The autopsy revealed the cause of Acker’s death to be result of the beating.

Hamilton police said the suspect in this case is not facing criminal charges due to his disease.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim List is available here.

Melvin Jn’marie, Hamilton’s first victim of homicide in 2017

Hamilton police responded to report of a disturbance at 210 Parkdale Av N on April 1st at around 3:30pm. Police arrived to find Melvin Jn’marie 40, in the alleyway behind the building, suffering from unspecified injuries.

Jn’marie was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Antonio Sedeno Charles 30, of Brampton, was arrested on April 2nd, and is facing a second degree murder charge in the death of Jn’marie.

It had been 171 days since Hamilton’s last homicide.

The 2016 Hamilton Homicide Victim List is available here.

Hamilton at 12 homicides after the stabbing death of Marcel Chartrand

Hamilton police were called 526 King Street East at around 12:30am on October 6th on report of a stabbing. Police arrived to find Marcel Chartrand 31, outside the home with a serious stab wound.

Chartrand was transported to Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Robert Vandyk 33, who had been staying with Chartrand and his family has been charged with second degree murder.

Hamilton at 11 homicides after an apartment fire claimed the life of Marilyn Mitton.

66 year old Wayne Bell is facing first degree murder charges after 65 year old Marilyn Mitton was pulled from her 7th floor unit without vital signs after a fire broke out at 200 Jackson st west early afternoon on July 31st.

Marilyn Mitton was rushed to the Hamilton General hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police said the suspect and the victim were known to each-other.

Anyone with any information  should contact Detective Andrea Richard at 905-546-4067.

Find links to the past 10 Hamilton homicides below.

Tammy Le – January 23th
Richard Crowder  – January 24th
Jonathon Styres – February 4th
Neil Harris – Feb 18th
Joseph Colson – March 25th
Aerlaena Smith – April 16th
Michael Milroy- April 16th
Sang Ju (Gina) Milroy – April 16th
Jenna Gazolla – April 18th
Vincenzo Lofaro – May 13th