Suspects arrested in Beverly Park Road killing

Mukilteo incident connected to Arlington murder last week; 3 arrested
By Brandon Gustafson | Jul 11, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson The death investigation brought a lot of officers from the Mukilteo Police Department to the scene on Tuesday, July 3. Officers were able to work with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s to identify and arrest three people.

Multiple suspects have been arrested in connection with a vicious killing after a dead body was found off Beverly Park Road last Tuesday, July 3.

Officers from the Mukilteo Police Department responded to a report of a body just after 10 a.m. where they found the victim, Ezekiel M. Kelly, a 22-year-old man from Everett.

According to court documents, Kelly’s T-shirt was covered in blood, and there were loops of packing tape around his neck, which a detective on the scene believed was used like a leash to pull the body.

Next to his body were two .22-caliber shell casings, and a detective found an 8-inch blade with dry blood on it.

According to court documents, Kelly had 27 stab wounds in his chest, side, back, arm and face.

Authorities discovered the case is connected to a murder that took place earlier last week, where a man, Mohamed H. Adan, 21, was shot seven times and found in a blackberry bush near Blue Stilly Park in Arlington.

Officers discovered the body July 1.

According the documents, Adan was physically assaulted prior to being shot and burned with what detectives believed to be a cigarette.

A detective reviewed nearby surveillance footage and was able to find a vehicle of interest, a red Saturn, and tied the vehicle to a woman whose listed address was on Mukilteo Speedway at the Vantage Apartments.

A detective realized the address was close to where the other body was discovered on Beverly Park Road.

The woman, Lendsay Meza, 21, was listed as a victim of a violation of protection order in which her boyfriend, Anthony Hernandez-Cano, 18, was the listed suspect. Officers discovered Cano was Facebook friends with one of the two victims.

Detectives detained Cano on probable cause to arrest on one count of a violation of a protection order on Friday.

Meza was also interviewed and gave her account of the incident that occurred in Arlington, and said Adan was assaulted and shot. She said during the assault that she heard voices saying how Adan deserved it for “snitching” on them and for “talking bad” about the girlfriend of one of the other assaulters.

She also identified a Hassani Hamadi Hassani, 20, whose listed address is in the same complex as both her and Cano.

During his interview, Cano admitted to killing Adan. He told detectives that he had been released from jail on June 30 and that Meza had told him Adan was watching her as she slept in her car at their apartment complex.

Cano said this infuriated him, and that he, Meza, and a few friends located Hassani and Adan. Cano told detectives Hassani and Adan were close friends and considered each other “cousins.”

Adan willingly got in the car with Cano and others, and was assaulted with a baseball bat behind the Albertson’s on Mukilteo Speedway.

Cano said they brought Adan back to his apartment complex and bound him with an electrical cord and tape. Cano repeatedly burned him with a cigarette, and later drove him to the Arlington area with his girlfriend and another friend.

Cano shot Adan twice in the foot and abandoned him on a gravel road.

Cano said they initially drove off, but returned – and that’s when he fired the shots that killed  him.

Cano said he killed Adan because he had admitted to wanting a sexual relationship with Meza.

Cano reportedly told officers, “I killed him. I wanted him to suffer."

During the interview, he also admitted to his role in the Mukilteo shooting, and said Kelly had been texting Adan information about Meza.

Cano said he and Hassani found Kelly on Highway 99 near Airport Road on July 2, where they confronted him, and later assaulted him.

They bound Kelly with tape and took him to a wooded area in the Meadowdale area of Edmondsm, where they assaulted him and Cano stabbed him repeatedly.

They then took him to the location in Mukilteo, dragged him out of the car; Cano lost the knife in the dark and instructed Hassani to locate it, but he was unsuccessful. He handed Hassani a pistol, telling him to “finish it,” and Hassani shot Kelly three times.

Hassani was arrested Friday after Cano named him in his interview, and admitted to shooting Kelly.

The two men appeared in court for the first time on Monday, July 9, and are being held with no bail.

Meza was also arrested for her connection with the killings. She appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday.

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