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51-year-vintage guy charged with murdering 2 Muslim guys in Albuquerque; extra fees feasible, police say

Bycbs editor

Aug 10, 2022

A guy has been detained and charged with murdering Muslim guys, Albuquerque police introduced Tuesday. Four Muslim guys were killed withinside the metropolis because November, and government accept as true with the suspect can also additionally finally be charged withinside the different murders.

Muhammed Syed, 51, become recognized as the “number one suspect withinside the current murders of Muslim guys,” police stated Tuesday, and charged with murdering Aftab Hussein on July 26, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussian on Aug. 1. Detectives linked the 2 instances the usage of bullet casings determined at the 2 scenes.

They are nevertheless investigating Syed’s feasible involvement withinside the murders of Naeem Hussain on Aug. five and Mohammed Zaher Ahmadi on Nov. 7.

A tip from the general public led government to Syed. When they went to look his Albuquerque home, they are saying he fled in a Volkswagen Jetta, which government had already instructed the general public they have been searching out in connection to the murders.

They finally took Syed into custody close to Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Authorities additionally searched his house, in which they are saying they determined a couple of firearms, consisting of the only believed to were used withinside the murders he has been charged for

Syed seems to have regarded his victims, police and the FBI stated.

Police Chief Harold Medina first shared the information of an arrest on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

“We tracked down the automobile believed to be concerned in a current homicide of a Muslim guy in Albuquerque,” Medina wrote. “The motive force become detained and he’s our number one suspect for the murders.”

Police on Saturday stated they have been searching out a dark-colored, four-door Volkswagen, likely a Jetta or a Passat, with tinted home windows and feasible damage.

Mayor Tim Keller stated police accept as true with the automobile become used withinside the Friday night time killing.

“We’ve found out a few approximately what is happened, we have got had a few leads,” Keller instructed newshounds Sunday. “We have a sturdy lead, a automobile of interest. We do not know what it is related to or who owns it.”

The string of murders has shaken the Muslim network in Albuquerque. Police on Sunday stated it become too quickly to realize if the murders could be labeled as hate crimes.

On Saturday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) introduced a $10,000 praise for records main to an arrest.

In a Tuesday announcement, CAIR thanked regulation enforcement for the arrest and wrote that it hopes “the information that this violence has been added to an give up will offer the New Mexico Muslim network a few feel of comfort and security.”

“Although we’re ready to examine extra approximately those crimes, we’re disturbed via way of means of early warning signs that the alleged killer can also additionally were focused on specific individuals of the Shia network,” the announcement read. “If that is true, it’s miles absolutely unacceptable, and we inspire regulation enforcement to record any suitable hate crime fees in opposition to the suspect.”

Law enforcement officers have now no longer showed any unique cause for the killings.