FBI Adds Man Wanted in Daughters' Murders to Top 10 Most Wanted List
The FBI has put a Texas man suspected of killing his two daughters on its top 10 most wanted list and raised the reward for information leading to his arrest.
Yaser Said, an Egyptian national who drove a taxi in the Dallas area, allegedly shot daughters Sarah, 17, and Amina, 18, to death on Jan. 1, 2008. The cab was found in the parking lot of the Omni Hotel in Irving with their bodies inside. The man was allegedly angry that his daughters had adopted a western lifestyle, which went against his strict Muslim beliefs.
Fox News reported:
Family members and officials hope the FBI’s renewed effort will turn up the heat on Said, who may have fled to his homeland.
“I having been hoping for something like this for the past seven years,” Gail Gertrell, an aunt of the girls, told FoxNews.com. “For the sake of Sarah and Amina.”
Said was allegedly angry that his daughters were dating non-Muslim boys. In the days before they were killed, the sisters had fled with their mother to another aunt’s house in Oklahoma after Amina Said was threatened at gunpoint by her father.
Amina Said had signed a lease for an apartment in Tulsa, hoping to start a new life with her sister, but the pair went back to Texas with their mother to place flowers on their grandmother’s grave one last time. Days later, they were found murdered and left for dead in the cab.
The FBI raised the reward for information leading to Said’s arrest to $100,000 from $25,000 and have received promising tips in the last few weeks, an FBI official said.
“We are glad that [Said’s] addition to the Top Ten Most Wanted list has renewed interest in the case,” Katherine Chaumont, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, told FoxNews.com. “The reward is a lot more and we have already received tips that investigators are looking into.”
“We still are hoping for more leads to pursue,” she said. “Every time this case is pushed into the national spotlight we receive information.”
Authorities said that Said has ties to New York, Virginia, Canada, Texas and Egypt and believe that he could be hiding out in any of those places in addition to anywhere else in the United States with a large Egyptian community.
Jon Scott discussed the case on "Happening Now" (video above) with former prosecutor Doug Burns and Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl.
Wiehl stated that if Said is found in either Canada or Egypt, he will be extradited to the U.S. to face the charges against him even if it's a death penalty case.
Burns added that it's very significant that Said has been added to the FBI's top 10 most wanted list because that means a lot of resources will be added to find him.