THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced Friday that it has secured the arrest of a second suspect – Samir Mokhtar, 20, of Vancouver – in connection to the September 24 murder of Aladdin Ramadan, 20, who did not possess a criminal record.
On October 8, charges of manslaughter with a firearm and accessory after the fact to murder were laid against Mokhtar and a Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.
Investigators were aware that he had fled from Canada shortly after Ramadan’s murder.
On December 10, Mokhtar was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) after landing in Seattle on a plane from Dubai.
A name check of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database by USCBP officers resulted in the discovery of an active warrant in Vancouver for manslaughter using a firearm, the USCPB said.
“Mr. Mokhtar was held in custody overnight by USCBP and on December 11, 2014, through cooperative efforts with CBSA and IHIT, he was returned to Canada where he was arrested and taken into custody,” said Staff-Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
Mokhtar’s next court appearance will be in Vancouver on January 12.
IN October, IHIT in partnership with Burnaby RCMP arrested and charged a 16-year-old male with second degree murder in Ramadan’s murder. Ramadan was shot September 24 just before 10:30 p.m. near Lougheed Highway and Rosser Avenue in Burnaby.
“This arrest took place in a very public location within Surrey. At the time he was arrested the suspect was carrying a loaded firearm. With the assistance of Burnaby RCMP and the LMD Emergency Response Team a quick arrest was actioned in order to prevent potential harm to police and the public,” said Staff-Sgt. Pound at the time.
The name of the accused could not be released as he is considered a young offender.
Pound said: “Following the shooting, three males fled the scene in a smaller, silver or blue compact vehicle, southbound on Rosser Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was described as a Persian male with a short haircut, shaved on the side with sideburns. He appeared clean-cut and was wearing dark clothing. The other two suspects were also wearing dark clothing and had large builds. They were described as over 6 feet tall and muscular.”
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