Ervis Mecollari- Connecticut- 2009 May 13, 2013 10:47:45 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on May 13, 2013 10:47:45 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: townnews.com)
Case profile statistics (based on June 2010 AMW.COM archive profile, Waterbury P.D. website):
Date of Birth: 7/2/1987
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair): Black
Last Seen: Waterbury , CT
Other Possible Locations: Connecticut, Florida, Albania, New York
Who to call if you've seen him: Based on wanted location, our advice would be to call the Waterbury (Connecticut) Police Dpeartmwnt at (203) 574-6941 or the Waterbury CrimeStoppers hot line at (203) 755-1234
UPDATE: As of September 29th, 2021, anyone with information on this fugitive's whereabouts can also call or text "In Pursuit" on the Investigation Discovery channel at 833-378-7783 and/or submit a tip at the show's website: www.InPursuitTips.com
Immigrant Finds Out It's A Small World After All
Marenglen Meko walked into the Waterbury, Conn., police station, terrified of what he’d just seen on TV. The Albanian immigrant is a longtime resident of Waterbury, fleeing there after he could no longer safely live in his native country.
Cops say Meko escaped with his life after being stabbed following an argument with Ervis Mecollari. The two met in a park, and Mecollari picked a fight. Moments later, police say Mecollari came at him with a knife, stabbing him in the chest before he escaped.
Meko was so frightened that he fled the country.
Police: Mecollari Ruins Christmas
He moved to the Town Plot apartment complex, a haven for Albanian immigrants, where they could come to establish themselves and obtain residency with the help of one of its residents — Laura Orso. Laura was known to the community as a guide through the bureaucracy that immigrants faced when obtaining their residency and citizenship. She would help families with everything from driver's licenses to helping them read and write in English.
One of those families moved into the apartment downstairs from Laura — the Mecollaris. On Dec. 18, Laura prepared the Christmas cards she would stuff with cash for her family's gifts.
On Dec. 20, Laura's friends stopped by and stepped inside since Laura's door was ajar — not unusual with the number of people coming in and out, seeking assistance. They discovered Laura's bloody body on the floor, stabbed 37 times.
Her home was trashed — the killer had broken in to rob her of the Christmas cards she’d set aside for her family, and to look for other valuables. Cops questioned Mecollari's parents, but Ervis had left the building in a hurry after Laura's friends discovered the body.
Cops scoured Laura's apartment for evidence and say that Ervis tried to clean himself of the blood before returning to his apartment for two days, and that he’d left DNA on Laura's bath towels.
An unknown female bought a bus ticket for Mecollari, probably so he could avoid surveillance cameras. Cops showed the bus driver a picture of Mecollari, who confirmed the man did indeed board the bus to St. Petersburg but never arrived. They tracked him to New York City, where he exited the bus, but the trail went cold.
A History Of Violence
Cops took to the airwaves, plastering his photo on the local news to get more information. That's when Meko discovered that after moving halfway around the world to escape his attacker, the two had been living in the same town.
Knowing they might uncover more violence, the Waterbury police dispatched a team of detectives to Albania to look for Mecollari. And when they dug into his background, they found something shocking: Cops say Mecollari had a history of bloody violence. Meko's story held up through police records, and another violent crime surfaced: an argument with another man and another bloody stabbing.
Thoughts? His AMW segment is on the top of this page. NYC is as the segment pointed out the gateway to anywhere. There are a few Albanian neighborhoods in the city Mecollari could be hiding out in (fellow AMW-aired Albanian Marjan Rroku was caught in Queens), but imo, it's not impossible to think he may have fled back to his native country.
Mecollari was John Walsh's #3 most wanted fugitive on his 2010 list.
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