Third ar­rest in gas sta­tion homi­cide

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NICOLE O’REILLY nor­eilly@thes­pec.com 905-526-3199 | @Ni­coleatTheSpec

The third and fi­nal 17-year-old girl wanted in con­nec­tion with the stab­bing death of a man who was found blood-soaked at a Stoney Creek gas sta­tion has been ar­rested in Toronto.

Hamil­ton homi­cide Det. Sgt. Dave Ole­niuk said in­ves­ti­ga­tors now be­lieve Hay­der Qasim-Rushdi, 33, was killed dur­ing an at­tempted rob­bery that “es­ca­lated.”

He wouldn’t elab­o­rate on whether po­lice be­lieve the rob­bery was planned, or what the three teenaged girls, who work in the sex trade, were try­ing to steal.

They are all fac­ing sec­ond-de­gree mur­der charges and can­not be named un­der the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act.

The two other girls, one from Hamil­ton and the other from the Toronto area, turned them­selves in to po­lice Wed­nes­day night and late Thurs­day morn­ing.

Po­lice be­lieve the vic­tim met the girls through an on­line es­cort list­ing on back­page.ca, and drove with them from Mis­sis­sauga, where he lived, to Stoney Creek.

They pulled over in a se­cluded ru­ral area where po­lice be­lieve Qasim-Rushdi was stabbed “in and around” the car.

After be­ing stabbed in the neck, the blood­soaked vic­tim drove about five min­utes away to a Pi­o­neer gas sta­tion on Up­per Cen­ten­nial Park­way around 2:30 a.m. April 28, where peo­ple inside called 911. He died from his in­juries two days later. The girls al­legedly fled in a cab and stopped at an east Moun­tain ad­dress, where po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant ear­lier this week. Po­lice have also seized a knife they be­lieve was used in the at­tack.

Ole­niuk said homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­sulted with po­lice hu­man-traf­fick­ing units while they were searching for the girls. How­ever, he’s not aware of any ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether they had a “pimp.”

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