Man nabbed in Texas for murder of Kitchener woman

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

The suspected killer of a young Kitchener hairdresser has been nabbed in Texas after a two-and-a-half month international manhunt.

Cops say Ager Hasan, 24, was arrested Tuesday by the U.S. Secret Service in relation to a separate investigation in San Antonio following a traffic stop.

“This traffic stop was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service in relation to an ongoing counterfeit currency investigation,” Waterloo Regional Police Insp. Mike Haffner told reporters.

The Hamilton man had been wanted for murder in the April 28 stabbing murder of Melinda Vasilije, 22, in her Kitchener apartment.

From Kitchener, Hasan fled across the Peace Bridge at Buffalo into the United States. He had been spotted in Tennessee on May 20 and told a pal he was headed south to Mexico.

However, the fugitive was hardly inconspicuous. Hasan allegedly posted a mea culpa about the murder of his gal pal of one year on the social media site Reddit.

Detectives also said the accused killer kept in steady contact with them.

Two days ago, the poster — believed to be Hasan — appeared to have hit a dead end in his life on the run.

He posted on Instagram: “It’s time to end the dark path I’ve been traveling and give people the closure they deserve.”

Waterloo Regional Police thanked their colleagues in the U.S. for their help.

They tweeted: “Homicide suspect Ager Hasan has been arrested in Texas. Thank you to our US law enforcement partners, community & media.”

Vasilije’s heartbroken family were tight-lipped about the arrest. But on a Facebook page dedicated to her memory, the administrator posted that it was time to heal.

“Nothing will ever bring Melinda back but we will finally have closure and will one day have peace in knowing that justice will hopefully be served,” the post read. “Please keep Melinda’s family in your prayers. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

bhunter@postmedia.com