Hamil­ton mur­der sus­pect ar­rested in Texas

Ager Mohsin Hasan, charged in Kitch­ener woman’s death, picked up dur­ing traf­fic stop

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - LIZ MONTEIRO

WATER­LOO RE­GION — Mur­der sus­pect Ager Mohsin Hasan was ar­rested in San An­to­nio, Texas, on Tues­day af­ter­noon by the United States Se­cret Ser­vice dur­ing a traf­fic stop.

“This traf­fic stop was con­ducted by the U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice in re­la­tion to an on­go­ing coun­ter­feit cur­rency in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Insp. Mike Haffner of Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice said at a me­dia con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day at po­lice head­quar­ters.

Haffner said Hasan was to ap­pear in a Texas court­room Wed­nes­day to be­gin pro­ceed­ings re­lated to an ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing so he can face a charge of sec­ond­de­gree mur­der in Canada.

To date, Hasan does not face any ad­di­tional charges re­lated to the coun­ter­feit cur­rency in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Haffner said.

Hasan, a 24-year-old Hamil­ton res­i­dent, is charged with sec­ond­de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with the death of Melinda Vasil­ije.

Vasil­ije, 23, of Kitch­ener was found dead of mul­ti­ple stab wounds in her Coun­try Hills apart­ment on April 28.

Haffner said the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion “im­me­di­ately” focused on Hasan, who fled to the U.S. af­ter Vasil­ije’s death.

When po­lice stopped Hasan in San An­to­nio, he was still driv­ing the black 2016 Honda HR-V he used to cross the U.S. bor­der more than two months ago.

The ve­hi­cle had stolen plates from Arkansas, Haffner said.

Hasan was re­port­edly spot­ted at least twice pre­vi­ously — once in Penn­syl­va­nia in the park­ing lot of a Wal­mart where a man was seen steal­ing li­cence plates from an­other ve­hi­cle, and then in Ten­nes­see on May 20.

Haffner said po­lice be­lieved Hasan was on his way to the Mex­i­can bor­der.

“Through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, our of­fi­cers have been in con­tact with Mr. Hasan, en­cour­ag­ing him to turn him­self in,” Haffner said.

Po­lice have been in con­tact with Hasan via email, he said.

Haffner said po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the so­cial me­dia posts writ­ten by a per­son be­lieved to be Hasan.

On Mon­day, a post­ing on In­sta­gram from a per­son claim­ing to be Hasan said he would turn him­self in.

The post, ac­com­pa­nied by a photo, said: “I’m com­ing home. It’s time to end the dark path I’ve been trav­el­ling and give peo­ple the clo­sure they de­serve.”

In an­other In­sta­gram post, a mes­sage read: “I re­gret ev­ery­thing neg­a­tive I ever did to you.”

A post on Red­dit in May writ­ten by some­one claim­ing to be Hasan al­leged that Hasan stabbed Vasil­ije in self-de­fence. It went into de­tails about what al­legedly hap­pened the night Vasil­ije died. That mes­sage was re­moved shortly af­ter it was posted.

“We an­tic­i­pate speak­ing to Mr. Hasan to find out the mo­tives and the ra­tio­nales for his posts, and if they are his posts,” Haffner said.

Po­lice have no in­di­ca­tion that Hasan will fight the ex­tra­di­tion process.

Al­though there have been var­i­ous pho­to­graphs cir­cu­lat­ing of Hasan with dif­fer­ent hair­styles, po­lice said that upon his ar­rest, he ap­peared sim­i­lar to the way he looked be­fore he left for the U.S.

“He looks very sim­i­lar to what he looked like on April 28, 2017,” he said.

Haffner said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Hasan has been a com­pli­cated one with him tak­ing off to the U.S. and post­ing so­cial me­dia mes­sages.

“One of the dif­fi­cul­ties we have had as a law en­force­ment agency is deal­ing with leg­is­la­tion in re­la­tion to pri­vacy and IP ad­dresses, and ul­ti­mately it causes sig­nif­i­cant de­lays in try­ing to lo­cate in­di­vid­u­als, gain in­for­ma­tion and, more im­por­tantly, lo­cate where Mr. Hasan was,” he said.

Hasan also faces three counts of breach of re­cog­ni­zance for an al­leged break-and-en­ter and al­leged as­saults at Vasil­ije’s Kitch­ener apart­ment on April 3. Po­lice have said Vasil­ije was not a vic­tim of the as­saults.

Hasan was un­der a court order to stay out of Water­loo Re­gion and to not con­tact Vasil­ije. Vasil­ije and Hasan had been in a re­la­tion­ship for about a year.

HANDOUT PHOTO

Ager Mohsin Hasan and Melinda Vasil­ije in an un­dated photo.

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