Hamilton

60-year-old man stabbed to death in Hamilton's 12 homicide of the year

Zoran Benasich was found in the parking lot of the Big Bee on Cannon Street East with "obvious traumatic injuries" caused by a stabbing.

Investigators say they've arrested 36-year-old Melena Pheasant

A Hamilton police officer walks past a black Hummer at the scene of the city's 12th homicide so far this year. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Hamilton police say a 60-year-old man is dead following a stabbing outside a Cannon Street convenience store Sunday night.

Melena Pheasant, 36, has been arrested and will face a charge of second-degree murder, according to Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk.

Officers were called to the Big Bee at 440 Cannon Street East around 10 p.m. following reports of a "male down on the road," he explained.

Police were nearby and were able to respond within a matter of minutes, said Bereziuk.

They found Zoran Benasich with "obvious traumatic injuries" caused by a stabbing lying on the ground next to his vehicle, he added.

Police say. officers responded to the convenience store in a matter of minutes. (Dave Ritchie/CBC)

Bereziuk said witnesses were "very helpful" and pointed out Pheasant, who police allege was responsible for the attack.

She tried to get away, but was arrested without incident because of the quick response time, said Bereziuk.

Police say they're not searching for any other suspects.

Emergency crews carried out life-saving measures and Benasich was transported to hospital, but he was pronounced dead just before 11 p.m.

Bereziuk said Benasich's family has been contacted and that they're "extremely upset."

"The news came as a great shock to them," he said. "They're quite upset. It's traumatic for them."

Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk is with the Hamilton police major crimes unit. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Bereziuk said the suspect and victim had known each other for "a little bit of time," but investigators are still working to understand their exact relationship.

Police say the incident happened in the parking lot, but they're still working to determine what led up to it.

"How did this happen? Why did it happen?" said Bereziuk. "Those are questions that remain to be answered."

Pheasant was known to police, the detective added, but would not provide specifics of her history.

A weapon has not been recovered, though police believe it may be found in the man's vehicle.

Investigators are also continuing to canvas the area for witnesses and any surveillance video.

Evidence markers could be seen scattered around a black Hummer Monday afternoon, along with a pair of flip flops and what appeared be a pair of binoculars in the middle of Wentworth Street North.

Evidence markers could be seen scattered around the Hummer Monday afternoon. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Yellow police tape blocked access to several blocks in the area.

The 60 year-old's death marks the 12th homicide in Hamilton this year and the second in Hamilton in a week.

A 39-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder after his girlfriend, who police have identified as Amy Hager from Brampton, was found dead in his apartment building on King Street on Sept. 21.

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