A 20-year-old Canadian man methodically stalked and tracked a Westmont woman before killing her Wednesday night in Oak Brook — even stopping to reload his gun and continue shooting during the attack.Following the natural course of internet romance, the relationship went south and Smirnov went north, back to Canada. To tell the truth, what does a 34 year old woman want with an 18 year old boy? ... Oh, right. Nevermind.
DuPage County Judge Michael Wolfe denied bail Thursday for Dmitry Smirnov of Surrey, British Columbia, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Jitka Vesel, 36.
In court Thursday, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said Smirnov met Vesel in 2008 through an Internet dating site. After they met, Smirnov moved to the United States.
After returning to his Vesel-less homeland, Smirnov starts to harass his ex-lover in 2009. She in turn filed a criminal complaint against him. Smirnov obviously doesn't take nyet for an answer.
About two weeks ago, Smirnov decided to leave Canada, returning to the United States, Berlin said. He first stopped in Seattle to buy a .40-caliber handgun and ammunition.Apparently Smirnov took this advice from Smokey and the Miracles. I wonder if he took the time to shop for prison accomodations, particularly w/r/t shower facilities?
Smirnov arrived in Chicago last weekend, using the Internet to locate Vesel’s home, Berlin said. He then used a GPS tracking device, which he glued to Vesel’s car, to track her movements via the Internet, Berlin said.
He was waiting for Vesel when she went to her car in the parking lot of the Windsor Office Park in Oak Brook, Wednesday night.
[...]Berlin said Smirnov had done research on the Internet to determine if Illinois had the death penalty, deciding to go through with Vesel’s murder when he discovered it does not.
Needlesss to say I was a little surprised at Washington's laws that allow Canadians and other non-citizens to purchase/possess handguns.
((a) A valid passport and visa showing he or she is in the country legally; ((b) If required under federal law, an approved United States department of justice ATF-6 NIA application and permit for temporary importation of firearms and ammunition by nonimmigrant aliens; and ((c)(i) A valid hunting license issued by a state or territory of the United States; or (ii) An invitation to participate in a trade show or sport shooting event being conducted in this state, another state, or another country that is contiguous with this state.(2) A citizen of Canada may carry or possess any firearm so long as he or she possesses:
(a) Valid documentation as required for entry into the United States;
These stipulations do not apply to concealed carry for which a permit is required. Still, it is easier for a Canadian to legally purchase a pistol in Washington than it is for a resident of NY to purchase a pistol in his own state.
Update: It is easier than you think to track someone via GPS. For $25 you can purchase this tracker.