U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice un­aware Hasan was a sus­pect

Hamil­ton man wanted in death of Kitch­ener woman stopped in Texas on coun­ter­feit money in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - LIZ MONTEIRO

WATER­LOO RE­GION — When Ager Mohsin Hasan was stopped by po­lice in San An­to­nio, Texas, and ar­rested this week, they didn’t know he was wanted for mur­der.

“He was es­sen­tially an un­known per­son that was in pos­ses­sion of or re­ceiv­ing coun­ter­feit U.S. cur­rency,” said Paul Du­ran, a spe­cial agent in charge of the U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice in San An­to­nio.

Du­ran said po­lice had in­for­ma­tion from a source that Hasan may be in­volved in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing coun­ter­feit money.

“We only had the pho­netic spell­ing of his first name,” Du­ran said in an in­ter­view on Thurs­day.

Du­ran said Hasan was ar­rested “with­out phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion.”

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

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

Du­ran said the U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice con­tacted lo­cal po­lice in San An­to­nio and asked them to stop the black 2016 Honda HR-V on Tues­day af­ter­noon in con­nec­tion with a coun­ter­feit money in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said Hasan was a pas­sen­ger in the ve­hi­cle and an­other man was driv­ing the SUV.

Po­lice then re­al­ized the plates were stolen from Ar­kan­sas and found an out­stand­ing war­rant on sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in Canada, Du­ran said.

For now, Hasan isn’t fac­ing any other charges re­lated to coun­ter­feit cur­rency, but Texas po­lice say there could be ad­di­tional charges.

“From our stand­point, we are still con­duct­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We haven’t made any de­ci­sions on pros­e­cu­tion,” Du­ran said.

But he said coun­ter­feit money charges “would not su­per­sede the ex­tra­di­tion.”

An ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing needs to be held in court in Texas so he can re­turn to Water­loo Re­gion to face mur­der charges here.

Hasan re­port­edly crossed into the U.S. soon after Vasil­ije’s death, and was spot­ted at least twice — 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.

Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice have said they be­lieved Hasan was on his way to the Mex­i­can bor­der.

Insp. Mike Haffner said this week that lo­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tors were in con­tact with Hasan via email and re­peat­edly told him to turn him­self in to po­lice.

Since en­ter­ing the U.S., it is be­lieved Hasan posted so­cial me­dia mes­sages on In­sta­gram. On Mon­day, an In­sta­gram post­ing 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 May, a post on Red­dit 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.

Ager Hasan faces ex­tra­di­tion.

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