UPDATE: Hamilton Police Arrest Suspect in Woodlands Park Stabbing

Hamilton Police have arrested a 62-year-old man for aggravated assault in the stabbing of a 37-year-old man in Woodlands Park in mid July.

On Saturday, July 15, 2023, shortly before 12:00 p.m. Hamilton Police responded to Woodlands Park after receiving information about a stabbing in the tented area of the park. Upon arrival, officers located a 37-year-old male victim without vital signs. The male was transported to hospital however is no longer in hospital.

Through the dedication and investigative work, officers were able to identify and arrest a suspect in connection with the attack.

On Thursday, August 31, 2023, shortly before 9:00 p.m. officers observed the suspect exit a vehicle in the area of Sanford Avenue North and Cannon Street East, officers quickly identified and arrested 62-year-old Mark Ribson for Aggravated Assault.


·         Mark Owen Ribson

·         62-years-of-age

·         Hamilton

·         Charged with Aggravated Assault

·         Remains in custody

Investigators would like to thank the community for their cooperation and support throughout this investigation. We understand the concern and unease that incidents like this can generate, and we remain committed to maintaining a strong police presence in our parks and neighbourhoods to ensure the wellbeing of our community.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Division One Criminal Investigation Division by calling the Detective Constable Robert Booker at 905 546-3818.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.