Man wanted in stab­bing re­mains at large

Seen switch­ing li­cence plates at U.S. Walmart

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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.

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