Hamilton man charged in Kitch­ener homi­cide seen in Ten­nessee

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - LIZ MON­TEIRO

KITCH­ENER — A Hamilton man charged with mur­der in con­nec­tion with the stab­bing death of a Kitch­ener woman was spot­ted in Ten­nessee on Satur­day.

Ager Mohsin Hasan, 24, faces a sec­ond-de­gree mur­der charge in 22-year-old Melinda Vasil­ije’s death on April 28. He fled to the United States that same day.

Insp. Mike Haffner of Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice said Hasan was seen in Ten­nessee on Satur­day. Hasan had a con­ver­sa­tion with some­one there who rec­og­nized him as a wanted man. Local po­lice were no­ti­fied on Mon­day. Haffner said local po­lice are in con­tact with po­lice agen­cies in Ten­nessee and other south­ern states, down to the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der. Hasan could be headed to Mex­ico, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers are us­ing so­cial media plat­forms to put out Hasan’s pho­to­graph and a de­scrip­tion of him.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors are dili­gently work­ing with var­i­ous po­lice agen­cies in ar­eas he was ob­served to get the mes­sage out,” Haffner said. “This is con­cen­trated and col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach.”

Po­lice last made con­tact with Hasan on May 17 through so­cial media, but his where­abouts were unknown. They asked him to turn him­self in to local law en­force­ment.

Vasil­ije was found dead in her apart­ment on Coun­try Hill Drive in Kitch­ener on April 28. The cause of death was mul­ti­ple stab wounds. Vasil­ije and Hasan had been in a re­la­tion­ship for about a year.

Hasan was last re­ported seen in Erie County, Pa., on April 28, when a man match­ing his de­scrip­tion was spot­ted switch­ing li­cence plates in a Wal­mart park­ing lot.

Video footage shows a man 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.

For the past few weeks, po­lice have been look­ing for a black Honda HR-V with two pos­si­ble li­cence plates. The other one is an Ontario plate, BPKT509.

Hasan also faces three counts of breach of re­cog­ni­zance for an al­leged break-in and al­leged as­saults at Vasil­ije’s Kitch­ener apart­ment on April 3.

Po­lice have said Vasil­ije was not a vic­tim of the al­leged as­saults.

Hasan was un­der a court or­der to stay out of Water­loo Re­gion and to not con­tact Vasil­ije.

Po­lice ask any­one in con­tact with Hasan to en­cour­age him to turn him­self in to po­lice in the U.S. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice at 519-653-7700, ext. 8666.

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Wanted poster for Ager Mohsin Hasan.

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