Cops seek witnesses in city’s second homicide of year
After a weeklong battle in hospital, a Quebec man has died from what homicide detectives believe was a deadly attack outside of the city’s downtown bus station.
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James Mills, 46, had been living in Alberta for the past year and working temporary construction jobs after moving from eastern Canada. Police believe he was struggling with drug and alcohol addictions and had no permanent address.
On Jan. 8, two people driving by the Greyhound station at 103 St. and 103 Ave. saw Mills lying unconscious on the sidewalk, surrounded by a group of people. They called 9-1-1 around 8:20 p.m. and the man was rushed to hospital. He never woke up and later died this weekend.
"It was an assault," Det. Peter Draganiuk said yesterday. "We don’t know the entire mechanism or the length of it. We understand that it may have simply been one punch. But until we speak to people that actually saw it, we’d be speculating."
Minutes prior to the attack, Mills was captured on security camera footage, walking in and out of the bus station. He appeared to be travelling alone but never got on a bus, Draganiuk said.
Police have spoken to the two Good Samaritans who stopped to help, he said, but they didn’t witness the suspected attack. Investigators are now turning to the public to find anyone who may have seen what happened.
"There’s a chance that somebody may have seen a really innocuous, minor assault and, unfortunately, it’s turned into a homicide," he said. "They just didn’t realize what they were witnessing."
Police believe there may be several witnesses since the intersection is a busy area, filled with taxicabs, pedestrians and several buses.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.