Yaser Abdel Said

Yaser Abdel Said
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FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive
Charges
Reward $100,000
Alias Yaser Abdel Fattah Mohammad Said, Yaser Abdel Saeed
Description
Born (1957-01-27) January 27, 1957 (age 60)
Sinai, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Gender Male
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Occupation Taxi driver
Spouse Patricia Owens
Children Amina Said, Sarah Said, Islam Said
Status
Added December 4, 2014
Number 504
Currently a Top Ten Fugitive

Yaser Abdel Said (born January 27, 1957) is a fugitive on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List. An Egyptian resident of the United States, he is wanted for the murder of his two teenage daughters in Irving, Texas.[1][2]

Said, who is reported to have been very controlling of his daughters, is believed to have felt that his daughters, Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, had dishonored the family by their refusal to adhere to traditional cultural behavior. On January 1, 2008, he lured them into his taxicab on the pretence of taking them out to eat, and shot them in the cab.[3] Said has evaded police capture, and remains at large.[4]

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FamilyEdit

Yaser Said married Patricia "Tissie" Owens in February 1987; he was 30 and she was 15.[5] Patricia had later alleged that Yaser had abused her during their marriage.[6] Amina was born in 1989, whilst Sarah was born in 1990.[7][8]

Abuse of Amina and SarahEdit

The girls confessed to a few friends that the abuse continued. "He treats me like a whore," Sarah wrote in an instant message conversation to a friend. On several occasions, Amina appeared at school with bruises, and at one point, had a split lip. Amina informed her friends the wounds were inflicted by her father, and her mother refused to allow her to seek medical attention.[9]

Yaser would often spy on his daughters, often by video or audio-taping them without their knowledge.[10][11] Amina stated she was afraid of using the public telephone "because he [Yaser] gets in everywhere, he knows everything".[12][13] She also reportedly wrote in emails that her father intended to kill her.[3] When she was 16, Yaser took Amina to Egypt, allegedly to arrange a marriage to a much older friend of his, but Amina rejected the marriage. Sarah got an after-school job working in a convenience store. Yaser soon video-taped her at work and punished her for smiling too much at the customers.[14]

Amina began dating a boy who she met through Taekwondo classes. When Yaser was out of the country, she felt anxious about meeting her boyfriend, imagining Yaser would be watching her with binoculars.[10] Amina advised her boyfriend not to call or text if she sent a codeword to him, because Yaser would go through her phone. Soon after, Yaser found a note she had written to her boyfriend. Amina told him that the writings were to an imaginary boyfriend. Yaser, not trusting Amina, continued to search to uncover Amina's relationship.

Yaser moved his family 60 miles (97 km) to a new house in Lewisville, Texas,[10] which soon allowed Amina to make plans to run away with her boyfriend and get married in Vegas and start a new life. Her boyfriend had then quit high school to earn money working, so that he could save up to help her leave. Her boyfriend had also stated: "[Yaser] regularly threatened to kill Amina, and she knew he meant it."[10] Amina was worried that her boyfriend would be killed by her father, and refused to tell her father his name while she was beaten, following Yaser's persistent accusations.

Death of Amina and SarahEdit

In December, after Christmas Day,[10] Amina and Sarah ran away with their mother, Patricia, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Amina's boyfriend had relatives. Patricia had then allegedly told her daughters that December 31 was her mother's death anniversary and that she wanted to drive to East Texas to put flowers on her grave, later telling them they would return to Yaser. Sarah reluctantly went, while Amina refused. Patricia drove to Amina's friend's house and pounded on the door, starting an argument with Amina to try and convince her to go back. Amina still refused to go. Patricia insisted and stood unmoved in the doorway, saying her father had forgiven her and would like the girls to return home.

On January 1, 2008, Yaser took Amina and Sarah to his taxi cab, and kissed them, telling them he was taking them out to eat. Patricia had wanted to come along, but Yaser had told her that he wanted to talk to the girls alone. He drove them both to Irving, where he shot both girls to death in the taxi cab. Sarah managed to call 911 before she died, stating "Help, my dad shot me! I'm dying, I'm dying!".[15] Yaser's taxi was soon discovered by another cab driver outside a hotel.[16]

AftermathEdit

Following the murders, Yaser vanished, although there is no record of him flying to Egypt. The FBI believes Yaser may now be driving a cab in New York City.[17] A cab driver reported he may have seen Yaser driving a cab in Newark Airport.[18] On December 4, 2014, Yaser was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, with $100,000 reward with any information leading to the arrest of Yaser.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FBI — YASER ABDEL SAID". FBI. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "FBI — New Top Ten Fugitive: Help Us Find a Murderer". FBI. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Lewisville cab driver sought for "honor killings" of daughters added to FBI's Ten Most Wanted list". The Dallas Morning News Crime Blog. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Yaser Abdel Said suspected of murdering his daughters added to FBI Most Wanted list - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Glenna Whitley. "American Girls". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Perry Chiaramonte. "Texas 'honor killing' suspect Yaser Said could be hiding in plain sight as NYC cabbie, private investigator says". Fox News. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  7. ^ ABC News. "'Honor Killing' Motive for Slain Sisters?". ABC News. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  8. ^ ""My dad shot me!": Search exceeds 7 years for father suspected of killing daughters - New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV". New York's PIX11. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Articles: The Said Honor Murders: Indict the Mother". American Thinker. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Joseph Moreno (25 Sep 2014). "My Teenage Sweetheart Was Killed to Preserve Her Family's 'Honour'". Business Insider. 
  11. ^ Glenna Whitley. "American Girls". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Price of Honor". The Price of Honor. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Guy kills 2 daughters and flees the scene (Warning, Graphic!). YouTube. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Two girls murdered in Texas taxi: Were they honor killings?". Reuters. 18 Jun 2015. 
  15. ^ Amina & Sarah Said 911 Call. YouTube. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Disturbing 911 call- "I'm dying, I'm dying". YouTube. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "FBI — YASER ABDEL SAID". FBI. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  18. ^ Honor Killer Yaser Abdel Said is now on FBI top 10 Most Wanted, About Time!. YouTube. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "FBI — New Reward Issued for FBI Fugitive Yaser Abdel Said". FBI. Retrieved 31 July 2015.