Man wanted in stabbing remains at large
Seen switching licence plates at U.S. Walmart
WATERLOO REGION — Ager Mohsin Hasan was ordered to stay away from 22-year-old Melinda Vasilije after an incident in early April, police said on Monday.
The 24-year-old Hamilton man faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with Vasilije’s death in Kitchener on Friday. Police say he fled to the United States on Friday, hours after Vasilije was found dead.
Hasan’s last known whereabouts were in Erie County, Penn., on Friday morning where a man matching his description was seen switching licence plates in a Walmart parking lot.
He has not been seen by law enforcement since, Waterloo Regional Police Insp. Mike Haffner said at a news conference Monday.
Vasilije was stabbed multiple times and found inside her apartment at 38 Country Hill Dr. around 3 a.m. Friday morning.
Police say Hasan was in contact with Vasilije that night. The two had been in a relationship for about a year, Haffner said. Hasan was ordered to not enter Waterloo Region and to not make contact with Vasilije after he was charged with an alleged break and enter and two alleged assaults at her Country Hill Drive apartment on April 3, Haffner said.
In addition to the second-degree murder charge, Hasan has also been charged with three counts of breach of recognizance as part of a Canada-wide
warrant. The latter charges stem from the “domestic-related incident” in early April, Haffner said, adding that Vasilije was not a victim to the alleged assaults.
“There were a number of terms that Mr. Hasan was placed on, on his release. One of the terms was not to enter the Region of Waterloo and not to have any contact with Melinda Vasilije,” Haffner said.
Police believe Hasan is in the United States because a vehicle matching the description of Ag- er’s 2016 black Honda HR-V was photographed crossing the U.S. border at the Peace Bridge just before 6 a.m. on Friday.
Hasan’s last known sighting by police was at a Walmart parking lot in Erie County just after 10 a.m. that same day. In video footage, a man was seen removing a Pennsylvania state licence plate from a parked vehicle with the number EZV1654 and a police medallion attached to it, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The man was then seen attaching the stolen licence plate to a black Honda HR-V.
Police are now looking for a black Honda HR-V with two possible licence plates. The other one is an Ontario plate marked BPKT509.
Waterloo Regional Police said it is working with U.S. law enforcement agencies, border services as well as the Department Homeland Security to locate Hasan. The local major crimes unit also continues to investigate.
Back in Canada, Waterloo Regional Police ask anyone who knows Hasan to get in touch with them.
They also ask that if anyone is in contact with Hasan, to ask him to turn himself in.
As police continue to look for Hasan south of the border, his mother in Hamilton is worried. Sozan Jamil said she has been beside herself since she heard of Vasilije’s death.
“I consider her just like my daughter,” she said in an interview on Monday.
She said she has not heard from her son since Friday.
“I’ve sent him many, many messages,” she said, adding that Hasan has not returned her phone calls or emails.
“I’m afraid of what he will do. I wish I knew where he is.”
Haffner said both families have been very co-operative with the investigation.
He said there was some contact between Hasan and his family through text messages but that no one has heard from him since Saturday.
Vasilije was an aspiring hairstylist. According to a friend and mentor, she had recently moved into the apartment at 38 Country Hill Dr.
Her neighbours described her as a sweet girl who always said “hi” in the hallway.
A gofundme.com fundraiser cropped up online over the weekend to raise money for Vasilije’s funeral.
A visitation will be held for Vasilije at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The funeral will take place on Wednesday.
Anyone with information about Hasan or his whereabouts is asked to call Waterloo Regional Police at 519-653-7700 ext. 8666.
Wanted: Ager Mohsin Hasan
Melinda Vasilije was killed Friday.