Texas dad wanted in possible ‘honor killing’ of daughters may be hiding in New York City as taxi driver: private investigator
Egyptian immigrant killed both girls for dating non-Muslim men, authorities say
Yaser Abdel Said, 50, is accused of shooting his two daughters in what is described as a possible ‘honor killing.’ A private investigator believes he may be hiding out in New York City as a taxi driver.
An alleged killer may be at the wheel of a New York City taxi cab.
A private eye searching for Yasir Said, a Texas man accused of gunning down his teenage daughters for dating non-Muslim boys, says he suspects the fugitive is driving a hack.
“It’s all he knows and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if he’s there working as a taxi driver,” Bill Warner told FOX News. “He could blend in at a metropolis like New York.”
An Egyptian immigrant, Said was placed on the FBI’s most-wanted list after the alleged “honor killing” of daughters Amina, 18, and Sarah Said, 17, on New Year’s Day in 2008.
They were found slain in a cab that Said had borrowed.
Warner, who works for Said’s sister-in-law, said the suspected double murderer fled Dallas with his passport and $9,000 — but doesn’t believe he left the country.
It’s more likely Said sought shelter with his brothers and other relatives who live in New York, he said.
“The brothers are really tight, so it’s likely they assisted him in some way,” said Warner, who says he found a post office box in Westchester County under the names of Said and his brother.
While the Taxi and Limousine Commission requires criminal background checks for anyone applying for a hack license, Said could easily rent a licensed car under the table, Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Foundation of Taxi Drivers, told FOX News.
“There are 10,000 illegal drivers in New York City,” he said. “It’s as easy as getting in your car and driving to the airport or picking up illegal street hails.”
The FBI has so far declined to discuss their search for Said or weigh in on Warner’s suspicions.
Said, believed to be either 50 or 55, is described as 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, with a mustache and dark sunglasses that he wears both indoors and out. He smokes Marlboro Light 100 cigarettes and likes to nosh at Denny’s and I-Hop restaurants.
“Additionally, Said is known to carry a handgun in his taxi cab at all times,” the poster warns. “It has also been reported that Said always carries a weapon with him, to include knives.”
There have been several reported honor killings in recent years among Muslim immigrants who feared their daughters or wives were becoming too “Americanized.”
Three years ago, the Pakistani-born founder of a Muslim-oriented Buffalo TV station beheaded his wife after she served him with divorce papers.
Experts, however, say the horrific practice has nothing to do with Islam. Rather, it is rooted in the conservative tribal societies from which murder suspects like Said emerged.