Ctv News ottawa citizen homicide 2021, Hamid Ayoub stabbing his wife

An Ottawa man has been charged with murdering his wife and injuring her daughter.

Hamid Ayoud, 54, is accused of stabbing his wife and adult daughter on Tuesday.
Hamid Ayoub was arrested Tuesday night following the public release of this image.
Hamid Ayoub was arrested Tuesday night following the public release of this image.

A man from Ottawa has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the alleged stabbings of his wife and daughter.

Hamid Ayoub, 54, was apprehended late Tuesday night on suspicion of fatally stabbing his wife, Hanadi Mohammed, 50, and an adult daughter. His daughter is expected to make a full recovery from her injuries. CBC News will not identify her.

Two scenes involving a fatal stabbing

Tuesday, just before 7 p.m., Ottawa police officers responded to a stabbing at 1814 Baseline Rd. near Algonquin College.

Ayoub parked across the street from the townhouse in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store, according to sources. On Tuesday, that parking lot remained a part of a second scene taped off by police.

Ottawa police responded to an incident involving the suspect and the woman in May, according to police sources. At the time, no criminal charges were filed.

The area near the 1800 block of Baseline Road in Ottawa was cordoned off by police as they investigated a double stabbing.
The area near the 1800 block of Baseline Road in Ottawa was cordoned off by police as they investigated a double stabbing.
It is believed that Ayoub did not live with his estranged wife.

Following Tuesday's stabbings, police allege that Ayoub fled the scene in a black Nissan Sentra. By 9:30 p.m., police had released photographs of the man and warned the public that he was armed. Ayoub was arrested shortly afterwards.

Ayoub is a self-employed artist who was born in Sudan in 1967, according to his website and two Facebook profiles. He is currently a Concordia University graduate student pursuing a master's degree in art therapy. He previously taught art at the Nepean Arts Centre and the Ottawa School of Art.

On his website, he lists his contact information as a residence on Edgeworth Avenue in Ottawa's Woodpark neighbourhood.

Ottawa police officers cordoned off the parking lot of a convenience store where they believe the suspect parked prior to allegedly stabbing his wife and daughter.
Ottawa police officers cordoned off the parking lot of a convenience store where they believe the suspect parked prior to allegedly stabbing his wife and daughter.
Wednesday's court appearance was brief.

Ayoub appeared briefly in court via video link from the Elgin Street police cell block in Ottawa on Wednesday afternoon. He was prohibited from contacting a list of witnesses in the case, which included his two adult children.

Karen Baum, the Justice of the Peace, repeatedly inquired of Ayoub whether he understood he was charged with murder. He stated that he did not comprehend the question. Baum expressed the possibility that he might require an interpreter, to which his lawyer responded that his client appeared to be exercising his right to remain silent.

Ayoub is due back in court on June 23.

Anyone with information about the stabbings is asked to contact the homicide unit at 613-236-1222, extension 5493.