Red­dit post says killing was self-de­fence

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - LIZ MONTEIRO

KITCHENER — A per­son claim­ing to be Ager Mohsin Hasan, the man who faces a sec­ond-de­gree mur­der charge in con­nec­tion with the death of Melinda Vasil­ije, said he stabbed the woman in self-de­fence in a Red­dit post that has since been re­moved from the site.

In the on­line state­ment posted late Mon­day night, the writer says he was pro­tect­ing him­self when his ex-girl­friend came at him with a knife.

“Out of shock and fear I grab one (knife). I hit her with it, al­most blindly. A few times,” the per­son wrote. “I was con­fused, shocked and scared. I had no in­ten­tions of that hap­pen­ing. When I left I hon­estly thought she just passed out. Then I looked at the blood, and started freak­ing out and just ran.”

The writer said he didn’t know the woman was dead un­til the fol­low­ing day.

Hasan, a 24-year-old Hamil­ton man, is on the run. Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice say Hasan, 24, fled to the United States on Fri­day only hours after Vasil­ije was found dead.

Vasil­ije was stabbed mul­ti­ple times and found in­side her apart­ment at 38 Country Hill Dr. around 3 a.m. Fri­day morn­ing.

Hasan was last re­port­edly seen in Erie County, Penn., on Fri­day morn­ing when a man match­ing his de­scrip­tion was seen switch­ing li­cence plates in a Wal­mart park­ing lot. He hasn’t been seen since.

In a state­ment, Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice said Tues­day they are aware of the Red­dit post and that the in­for­ma­tion is be­ing ex­am­ined by in­ves­ti­ga­tors. “In­for­ma­tion like this is po­ten­tial ev­i­dence and, as such, needs to be au­then­ti­cated and ver­i­fied,” said Insp. Mike Haffner.

Po­lice said they will not com­ment fur­ther on the Red­dit post. Ev­i­dence on the charge of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der will be pre­sented in court which will eval­u­ate the in­for­ma­tion, Haffner said.

In an in­ter­view, Hasan’s mother, Sozan Jamil, said she be­lieves the Red­dit post was writ­ten by her son be­cause of the pho­tos posted along with the text. “No one else has those pic­tures,” she said.

Jamil said she still hasn’t heard from her son. She said she found the Red­dit post on­line and con­tacted po­lice to make them aware of it.

In the post, the per­son says he was in a re­la­tion­ship with Vasil­ije after be­ing apart.

He said the cou­ple had talked about mar­riage and chil­dren, and that fam­i­lies on both sides had met each other.

The writer said the pair agreed to meet on Fri­day after tex­ting. The writer said he ar­rived at the apart­ment: “We just cud­dled, kissed and talked about ev­ery­thing.”

But things turned sour when Vasil­ije asked the man if he had been with some­one else while they were apart. He ad­mit­ted he had.

“She started freak­ing out. Wouldn’t say a word and just kept slap­ping me with tears in her eyes. Slaps turned into hits,” the post read. The writer said he pushed her and she fell, hit­ting the sink. She told him to leave. “I go up to her to try and give her a hug, al­most out no where she grabs a knife by the sink.

“She comes at me in full force, aim­ing to­ward my face. I tell her to stop. She doesn’t, I tried grab­bing the knife but ended up cut­ting my hands. After a few cuts I lost it,” the post said.

Ager Mohsin Hasan and Melinda Vasil­ije in an un­dated photo

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