On Tuesday July 11th 2017 at approximately 3:09 AM, a male suspect attended the reception desk of the Motel 6 located at 4345 North Service Road in Burlington. The male opened a knapsack and displayed a handgun to an employee and demanded access to a room where the male believed a female acquaintance was staying.
The suspect was given access to the room which turned out to be unoccupied at the time. The suspect then fled the area in what was described only as a silver hatchback vehicle. Police were called, however the suspect and vehicle were not located.
At approximately 11:25 AM, the suspect returned to Motel 6 where he confronted the female acquaintance and ended up chasing her on foot through the motel. The female ran to a vehicle in the parking lot which was occupied by one of her associates. The suspect was then seen holding a handgun and threatened to kill the female. The suspect then shot one round towards the female which hit the front hood of the vehicle while she was sitting in the front passenger seat. The female and her associate then sped away in an attempt to escape but were chased by the suspect who had entered a vehicle. The suspect continued to chase the female and her associate at high rates of speed for approximately 2 kilometres before he fled the area but not before a witness obtained the licence plate and provided it to police.
Police responded to the Motel 6 to investigate the shooting and also to the area of Mainway and Dillon Rd. in Burlington where the female and her associate fled to in the vehicle that had been shot. No injuries were sustained by anyone.
At approximately 4:30 PM, investigators located the suspect and the vehicle in an underground parking garage on Main Street West in Hamilton. The suspect, 28 year-old James Kohne PHIXAKOUNE of Hamilton, was arrested without incident and returned to Burlington and held for bail charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm.
On the morning of July 12th 2017, investigators located the involved handgun after executing a search warrant and the suspect’s residence and the vehicle he was operating.
PHIXAKOUNE has since been remanded into custody and will appear next in Milton Court on Friday July 14th 2017 at which time additional charges are expected.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joe Barr of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2385 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222-TIPS (8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637.