Two women are dead and a young man is in custody as the Ottawa police major crime unit investigates the city’s 23rd and 24th homicides of 2016.


Police were called to a McCarthy Road home at about 9 p.m. Friday after the victims, aged 29 and 32, were found dead.

Ottawa police arrested a man who had earlier been seen, by a Citizen reporter and others, standing in the bitter cold on train tracks near the street, about 500 metres north of the crime scene in the 3200 block of McCarthy Road.

The man, who was wearing dark clothing, was seen standing with his hands in his pockets at around 11 p.m. He was arrested about 15 minutes later.

Another man in his early 20s was also seen 10 minutes later lying face-down in handcuffs on McCarthy Road near Southmore Road.

An entire block of townhouses in the area was behind crime-scene tape, along with several parking lots, as major crime officers combed the scene late Friday evening.