2 of 3 teenagers wanted in gas sta­tion death surrender

Po­lice have ‘the­o­ries’ about at­tack but won’t com­ment

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - NI­COLE O’REILLY The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor

Two of three 17-year-old girls wanted for the sec­ond-de­gree mur­der of a man who died af­ter stum­bling into a Stoney Creek gas sta­tion cov­ered in blood have turned them­selves in to po­lice.

Det. Sgt. Dave Ole­niuk con­firmed one of the girls turned her­self in Wed­nes­day night and the other late Thurs­day morn­ing. All three girls, who can­not be iden­ti­fied un­der the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, were in­volved in the sex trade.

They are ac­cused of fa­tally stab­bing Hay­der Qasim-Rushdi, 33, from Mis­sis­sauga be­fore flee­ing in a cab early this past Fri­day.

The vic­tim’s fam­ily does not want to speak pub­licly, Ole­niuk said.

Po­lice be­lieve Qasim-Rushdi met the teenaged sex work­ers through an on­line es­cort list­ing on back­page.ca. It’s un­clear if this was their first en­counter.

Detectives be­lieve Qasim-Rushdi drove with the girls from Mis­sis­sauga, where he lives, to Hamil­ton. They stopped first at an east Moun­tain ad­dress and then con­tin­ued to Stoney Creek.

That’s where the at­tack oc­curred in the car, which had pulled over in a se­cluded ru­ral area.

Af­ter be­ing stabbed in the neck, a blood-soaked Qasim-Rushdi drove to the Pioneer gas sta­tion on Up­per Cen­ten­nial Park­way about 2:30 a.m. where peo­ple in­side called 911.

He died from his in­juries Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Po­lice have the knife that’s be­lieved to be the mur­der weapon and have searched the east Moun­tain home.

Ole­niuk said Qasim-Rushdi was stabbed “in and around the car” at the ru­ral prop­erty about five min­utes from the gas sta­tion where he had pulled over.

Detectives have “the­o­ries” about what may have led to the at­tack, but won’t com­ment on them pub­licly.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the homi­cide is asked to call Det. Ross John­son at 905-5463827 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800222-8477.

HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR FILE PHOTO

A bleed­ing Hay­der Qasim-Rushdi stum­bled into a gas bar on Up­per Cen­ten­nial Park­way last Fri­day.

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