Albuquerque Police said they have arrested the “prime suspect” in the killings of four Muslim men that have rocked New Mexico’s largest city in recent weeks.
The name of the suspect, who was on the run in a silver sedan, was not immediately released by police. A press conference with further details is planned for Tuesday afternoon.
The men killed were identified as Mohammad Ahmadi (62), Muhammad Afzaal Hussain (27), Aftab Hussein (41) and Naeem Hussain (25).
Ever since police announced they believe the killings are connected, Albuquerque’s Muslim community has been in a state of “panic, hopelessness and fear,” Ahmad Assed, president of the city’s largest mosque, told The Daily Beast on Monday.
Assed said his community was afraid of being near windows or going outdoors, and some decided to flee New Mexico altogether. The level of fear he felt was unprecedented, he said, not even surpassed by a significant increase in anti-Muslim crime following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“To experience something as gruesome and horrifying as what we have experienced over the last few weeks is just mind boggling,” said Assed. “It feels like we’re in a parallel universe.”
The first of the four killings occurred in November, authorities said, when Ahmadi was gunned down outside a market and cafe he ran with his brother.
A second murder in the apparent rampage occurred on July 26 when Aftab Hussein was gunned down outside his home.
Days later, Afzaal was also shot outside of his home, just blocks from the University of New Mexico, where he was attending grad school. His older brother, Imtiaz, said he went outside to make a phone call before he was mugged on August 1.
The last of the four victims, Naeem Hussain, was killed on August 5, just hours after attending a memorial service for Afzaal Hussain and Aftab Hussein.
When police linked the four murders to a single suspect, authorities released a photo of a silver sedan they believed was being driven by the suspect. Just before 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina tweeted that the car had been found.
“We have located the vehicle believed to be involved in a recent murder of a Muslim man in Albuquerque,” Medina wrote. “The driver has been arrested and is our prime suspect in the murders. We will update the media later this afternoon.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/albuquerque-cops-track-down-primary-suspect-in-murders-of-four-muslim-men?source=articles&via=rss Albuquerque cops track down “prime suspects” in murder of four Muslim men