Volume 94, Issue 63

Tuesday, January 16, 2001


Richmond Hotel scene of 2001's first murder

USC welcomes new general manager

Brescia head soph chosen as new O-Week officer

Smarter bar-hopping via Web

Professor shortage prompts funding talk

Stand-off ends without incident


Corroded Disorder

Richmond Hotel scene of 2001's first murder

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

London resident Christopher Jacques, 28, has been charged with second degree murder in connection with London's first homicide of the new year this past weekend.

According to Const. Ryan Holland of the London Police, shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, police were called to the Richmond Tavern and Hotel, located at 372 Richmond Street, after a report was received of an injured male found in one of the hotel's rooms.

The male, later identified by the hotel owner as Alex Gallant of London, was discovered suffering from numerous injuries to his body, believed to be stab wounds. Gallant, believed to be in his forties, was pronounced dead at the scene, Holland said.

Shortly after police responded to the scene Jacques was taken into custody and questioned in relation to the stabbing. Yesterday morning, Jacques, of Richmond Street, was officially charged with second degree murder in connection to the death, Holland said.

Don, the owner of the Richmond Tavern and Hotel, who refused to give his last name, said those who frequent the bar and hotel were shocked at Sunday's events. "People are upset. It's a tragic event," he said.

"I knew him quite well," he explained, adding Gallant was well known in the area, having stayed at the hotel for the past four years.

Don said police and investigators were still working in and around the hotel and the entire floor around Gallant's room had been closed off. The rest of the hotel and tavern remains open.

Don Antonello, a third-year health science student at Western, said he often visits the Richmond Tavern and was there Sunday morning when a bouncer at the bar found the body. He explained there had been between 20 or 30 people in the establishment when police arrived at 1 a.m. and all had been held in the bar for questioning until 2:30 a.m..

Antonello said most in the bar did not understand what had occurred, but were shocked when word of the body's discovery began to circulate.

Lindsay Grundy, a third-year social science student who lives adjacent to the Richmond Hotel, said some incidents of crime in the downtown core are to be expected, but an event such as this raises new concerns. "It's kind of eerie when something like that happens so close to you."

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