Yaser Said was arrested in Justin, Texas, Wednesday on capital murder warrant after fleeing justice 12 years ago
Said, 63, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, allegedly ‘shot dead his two teenage daughters, in his taxi cab in 2008 in honor killings’ is arrested near his hometown of Irvin, Texas
Said is accused of shooting to death his daughters, Sarah, 17, and Amina, 18, in the back of a taxi on New Year’s Day 2008
Family member told investigators Said had threatened ‘bodily harm’ against Sarah for going on a date with a non-Muslim
Amina was shot twice and died instantly
Sarah, who was shot nine times, was able to call 911 and name her father as her killer, telling dispatcher, ‘I’m dying, stop it’
FBI also arrested Said’s son, Islam Said, 32, and the suspect’s 59-year-old brother, Yassim Said, for allegedly harboring a fugitive
A Dallas-area man wanted by the FBI for the suspected honor killings of his two teenage daughters was captured on Wednesday in a small North Texas town, after fled the law 12 years ago.
FBI SWAT team members arrested Yaser Abdel Said, 63, without incident in Justin, 36 miles northwest of Dallas. Egyptian-born Said has been a fugitive since he allegedly killed his two daughters Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18, after he disagreed with Amina, a high school senior, going a date with a non-Muslim.
The Dallas area cabbie had been sought on a capital murder warrant since the New Year’s Day 2008 fatal shootings of the two Lewisville High School students,.
The FBI also announced the arrests of Yaser’s Said’s son, Islam Said, 32, and his brother, Yassim Said, 59. Both men face charges for harboring a fugitive.
A police report in 2008 said a family member told investigators that the suspect threatened ‘bodily harm’ against Sarah for going on a date with a non-Muslim.
Yaser’s American-born wife, Patricia Said, fled with her daughters to Oklahoma in the week before their deaths because she was in ‘great fear for her life.’
Gail Gattrell, the victims’ great-aunt, has called the deaths an ‘honor killing,’ in which a woman who is dating outside the Muslim faith is murdered by a relative to protect her family’s honor.
It is suspected that Said thought his daughters had brought shame on the family so decided to kill them.
Said has been described as an overly protective parent who exercised a lot of control over his daughters. According to a press release from the FBI, on January 1, 2008, Said persuaded his estranged daughters to visit him.
He lured them from home by saying he was going to take them to get something to eat.
Instead, he allegedly drove them in a cab to a remote location and allegedly killed them with a handgun.
The teenage sisters were found shot multiple times in Said’s abandoned taxicab outside the Omni Hotel in Irving, a Dallas suburb. Police found them after one of the girls called 911 from a cellphone and said she was dying.
Yaser Abdel Said films disturbing home video of his daughters
Help,’ said a crying voice on the 911 recording, later determined by police to be that of Sarah Said. ‘I’m dying. Oh my God. Stop it.’
Police could not immediately find the teens after the 7.33pm call. Much of what Sarah said in the recording was unintelligible, and the dispatcher’s repeated requests for her to provide an address went unanswered.
An emergency dispatcher received another call about an hour later from an Irving motel. The sisters’ bodBies were in a cab, one in the front passenger seat and the other in the back. The caller said he could see blood.
‘They don’t look alive,’ said the caller, whose name was deleted from the recording.
Amina was found shot twice in the chest. Sarah was shot nine times.
The story of the sisters’ murders is the subject of the 2014 award-winning documentary The Price of Honor, and it was also featured on an episode of the Investigation Discovery channel show Forbidden: Dying for Love.
In the documentary Ruth Trotter said: ‘Amina always knew that Yaser was going to murder her, it was just a question of when and where.’
Amina was a senior at Lewisville High School when she was killed. She would have turned 31 this past March.
At the time she was dating Trotter’s son, Joseph More, when she died, and Sarah also had a boyfriend, though both had tried to keep this from their father.
Although married to American-born Patricia, Yaser Said was determined to raise his daughters according to the cultural norms of his native Egypt.
When Amina was 15 years old, Yaser took both his daughters to Egypt to prospect for possible spouses. – In keeping with the tradition of arranged marriages
Yaser Said picked out one man who was almost 50 for Amina to marry, but the teenager begged off and pleaded with her mother to bring her back to US.
The girls’ maternal grandmother also recounted how she had alerted authorities when the girls confided that their father was sexually touching them in 1998, when they were eight and nine, respectively.
But she said Amina and Sarah recanted, urged on by their American mother so as to keep their father out of jail.
The makers of the film uncovered a video showing Yaser Said spying on one of his daughters as she worked in a convenience store and his anger when she smiled at a customer.
Home movies obtained in 2017 by Crime Watch Daily showed Said lurking in his daughters’ bedrooms and leering at them.
In one clip, the father says: ‘Nice legs. Mmm very nice.’ He tells this to his teenage daughters as he pans over their legs with the camera as they lie in bed.
‘Sarah sleeps with her pants? Mmm, very nice. Wow, look at those eyes. I got my eye on you,’ Said says. The girls seem harassed by their father and yell at him to get out of their room.
In another disturbing part of the footage, Amina is seen playing with a gun.
In December 2014, the FBI added Said’s name to the agency’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.
‘Even after 12 years of frustration and dead-ends, the pursuit for their killer never ceased,’ Irving Police Chief Jeff Spivey said in a statement Wednesday. ‘Today´s arrest of their father, Yaser Said brings us closer to ensuring justice is served on the [girl’s] behalf.’
The FBI believes that besides Said’s son and brother, there were others who helped him evade the authorities for the past 12 years.
‘We do expect that there were others who provided aid and comfort to this fugitive for a long period of time,’ FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno said.