Suspect of Twenty Place sexual assault arrested in Hamilton

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Published May 31, 2024 at 2:44 pm

A man has been arrested for alleged involvement in a sexual assault in Twenty Place, a private adult community in the city’s south.

A man broke into an area home around 11 p.m. on May 9 and assaulted a woman inside. He then fled the home through the front door.

By May 11, police released a description of the man aided with help from area neighbours. They described the suspect as a 20-to-25-year-old man with a dark complexion and dark hair.

On May 31, they announced the arrest of Nelson Melo, 27 of Hamilton, on charges of sexual assault, break and enter and uttering threats.

“There was an extensive canvass in the area and Hamilton Police would like to thank the public for their cooperation in the initial stages of the investigation for providing valuable information,” police described.

“We want all survivors of sexual violence to know that we believe them and we will respect their choice when and how they report the incident,” police continued, “There is no guaranteed way to prevent sexual assault. Sharing the details of these assaults is intended to provide the community information, and people are encouraged to trust their instincts.”

For confidential support, please call the Sexual Assault Centre’s 24-hour support line at 905-525-4162 or connect at wit SACHA, the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at or the Centre de Santé Communautaire.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Hamilton Police Sex Crimes Unit at 905-546-8958, the Sex Crimes Unit non-emergency line at 905-540-5553, anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report online.

 

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