UNSOLVED: Hamilton man killed while trying to save friend


On the evening of August 2, 2002, Ronald Crawford was having coffee with a friend at his friend's place of business when the unthinkable unfolded.

Minutes before closing time at the Mr. Sub on Concession Street, a man who intended to rob the shop entered brandishing a knife and threatening the owner, Crawford's friend.

As the robber advanced on the proprietor, Crawford emerged from the corner in which he and his friend were having coffee. He tried to intervene and disarm the robber.

The surprised robber turned his knife on Crawford and stabbed him once in the chest and fled to a waiting car empty-handed.

Police and paramedics attended the scene shortly thereafter, but Crawford could not be saved.

Crawford's killer remains outstanding.

Approximately 10 years after Crawford's murder, an arrest was made in connection to the case but the suspect was later let go.

Shortly after his death, Crawford was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Bravery in recognition of his selfless act in coming to the defence of his friend. He was also posthumously honoured with the Governor General's award for bravery.

The investigation into Crawford's murder remains open.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact S/Sgt Dave Oleniuk of the Major Crime Unit at 905-546-3829.

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