MONTREAL – A 33-year-old Ottawa man is scheduled to be charged Saturday with second-degree murder in connection with a bizarre homicide where the victim’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase.
The murder suspect was questioned by Montreal police major-crimes investigators who traveled to Ottawa Friday as the probe only got stranger.
The 33-year-old contacted the Ottawa police around 10 p.m. Thursday night, on his own initiative. This was less than 15 hours hours after the body of a 29-year-old man was found inside a suitcase in Montreal. A passerby noticed a foot was sticking out of the black suitcase which had been left outside in the snow next to a rooming house on De Bullion St., near the corner of Charlotte St.
“He called us and we went to pick him up,” said Ottawa police Constable Alain Boucher when asked how that police force came to arrest the 33-year-old in a homicide being investigated about 180 kilometres east of nation’s capital.
Montreal police Constable Olivier Lapointe said the 33-year-old is expected to appear before a judge at the Montreal courthouse Saturday afternoon via a video linkup with a Montreal detention centre.
The homicide victim’s name was not released, but Lapointe said the 29-year-old man was also from the Ottawa region. He also said both men knew each other and that investigators believe the homicide was carried out in Montreal. The area where the suitcase was discovered is surrounded by various rooming houses on de Bullion St. and close to a series of major hotels that line René Lévesque Blvd.