Teen sex work­ers wanted in mur­der

STAB­BING PROBE Victim stum­bled into Stoney Creek gas bar

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - SU­SAN CLAIRMONT AND NI­COLE O’REILLY

A trio of 17-year-old sex trade work­ers are be­ing hunted for the sec­ond-de­gree mur­der of a man who stum­bled soaked in blood into a Stoney Creek gas sta­tion.

Det. Sgt. Dave Ole­niuk said one of the girls is from Hamil­ton, the other two are from the Toronto area.

It’s al­leged they drove with Hay­der Qasim-Rushdi, 33, from Mis­sis­sauga, where he lives, to Stoney Creek, where he was fa­tally stabbed in the neck with a knife.

“They were in­volved as es­corts,” Ole­niuk said.

Qasim-Rushdi was not pre­vi­ously known to po­lice and had no con­nec­tion to Hamil­ton, he said. He was not the girls “pimp” and it’s unclear if the girls had in­ter­ac­tions with him be­fore that night.

The de­tec­tive said there was blood found in Qasim-Rushdi’s car, which may have been where the stab­bing took place. The car was reg­is­tered to a fam­ily mem­ber.

“Blood pat­tern anal­y­sis of the car is still on­go­ing,” Ole­niuk said.

He pre­vi­ously told The Spec­ta­tor the victim was stabbed “not too far” from the Pioneer gas sta­tion on Up­per Cen­ten­nial Park­way. Qasim-Rushdi drove him­self there at 2:30 a.m. Fri­day.

Po­lice have the knife that’s be­lieved to be the mur­der weapon. A search war­rant was ex­e­cuted Tues­day afternoon at a home on the east Moun­tain.

The girls can­not be named be­cause their iden­ti­ties are pro­tected un­der the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act.

They were last seen get­ting into a cab, said a po­lice source.

Ole­niuk said de­tec­tives have no rea­son to believe any of the girls were in­jured dur­ing their time with QasimRushdi. Po­lice have reached out to fam­i­lies in Lon­don, Ont. and the GTA

to find them.

“They are en­gaged in a high-risk life­style. Their safety is also a con­cern,” he said.

Qasim-Rushdi drove alone to the gas sta­tion and, soaked in blood, walked inside and col­lapsed in front of a male em­ployee and a cus­tomer.

Ini­tially, po­lice did not know his iden­tity, but at some point po­lice “were able to talk to him briefly,” Ole­niuk said.

When he took a turn for the worse on Satur­day night, the homi­cide unit took over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and he died Sun­day afternoon.

Qasim-Rushdi was sin­gle and had no chil­dren.

It took some time to in­form his fam­ily of his death, as they’re scat­tered across the coun­try and around the world.

Ole­niuk said there is no con­nec­tion be­tween the case and other crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in the area.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the homi­cide is asked to call Det. Ross Johnson at 905-5263827 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800222-8477.

(The girls) are en­gaged in a high-risk life­style. Their safety is also a con­cern. DET. SGT. DAVE OLE­NIUK

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