Hamilton police have named the man who died after a vicious stabbing in central Hamilton on Friday night.  

Richard Doucette, 28, of Hamilton, was pronounced dead in hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds during an attack on Barton Street East near Mary Street.

Emergency services received a call about a disturbance in area at around 10 p.m. on Friday.

Paramedics took Doucette and a 39-year-old woman to hospital, police say. Both suffered multiple stab wounds.

The male victim was pronounced dead at the hospital, while the woman, whose injuries police described as “life-threatening,” was rushed into surgery.

After the procedure, she was in "critical but stable condition," Det. Matt Kavanagh said in a written statement. 

Police have not commented on what they believe led up to the stabbing and said late on Saturday afternoon that they are still canvassing the neighbourhood to speak with witnesses.

Investigators have compiled a brief description of a possible suspect in the case, a man who is said to have fled the scene around the time of the stabbing.

Police are looking for the public’s help in finding a man who fits the following description:

  • 5'10'' to 6' tall
  • 150 to 170 lbs.
  • 30 to 35 years old
  • Dark brown or black short hair that is “neatly kept”
  • Last seen wearing blue jeans, a light-coloured shirt and a black leather coat

Police ask anyone with information on the fatal stabbing to call Det. Paul Staats at 905-546-4123 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.