Police hope someone will come forward to identity two people — a man and a woman — whom investigators believe have “important information” in connection with the recent stabbing death of Connor Stevenson.
Early last week, the 18-year-old, a one-time Gloucester High School student, became the city’s second homicide of year after being stabbed at least three times in the chest while in the sixth floor stairwell of Sutton Place, part of a two-tower highrise complex at 2020 Jasmine Cres., in Ottawa’s east side, where he lived with his mother and stepfather. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital.
The Ottawa police major crime section released photos Sunday of a man and woman, both black, they want to identify, saying the two “may have important information related to a homicide on Jasmine Crescent.”
One photo shows a hooded young woman in a bright pinkish coat talking on a cellphone while riding an elevator in the building. Another shows her in the hallway approaching the elevators still on a cellphone.
The man’s pictures show him wearing a black leather coat over a hoodie, with the hood on his head. Despite the hood, man’s face is revealed both as he enters an elevator and when as he looks up at the floor indicator on the elevator.
“The man and woman shown in these images were at the building at the time of the incident, and investigators believe they have important information to contribute to the investigation,” major crimes Staff Sgt. Robert Drummond said Sunday.
The building has numerous security cameras, particularly in the lobby and common area, but there are none in the stairwell. There is also a security guard on site who patrols the stairwells and grounds between the two towers.
Nevertheless, police say they regularly received calls for service from the highrise complex and have identified it as a problem location.
Investigators hope residents will recall the events of last week and remember whether they saw anyone who fits the description of the two people they want to identify.
“When viewing these images, the public should think back to last Tuesday and see if they remember anyone fitting the description of the person in these images,” Drummond said. “We are asking that anyone who believes they recognize these persons to contact our investigators.”
If anyone recognizes these individuals, they are asked to contact the Ottawa Police 613-236-1222 ext 5493.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.