IRVING, Texas — The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Irving Police Department today announced the capture FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive Yaser Abdel Said who is accused in the slaying of his two teenage daughters in 2008.
On the run for more than 12 and a half years, federal investigators say Said's son and brother were also arrested on charges they aided Said in his flight from justice.
On January 1, 2008, Irving Police Department 911 dispatchers received a call from one of Said's daughters — she told the operator her father had just shot her and her sister.
Police searched the streets of Irving attempting to locate 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina. Technology at the time didn't allow police dispatchers to pinpoint their location. Police wouldn't find their bodies for another hour and, only then, after a cab driver found them slumped over in the back of another taxicab. Sarah and Amina died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators later learned Said had told his daughters he was going to take them somewhere to eat, drove them to the Omni Hotel in Irving, and allegedly fatally shot them.
The following day, the Irving Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Said charging him with capital murder of multiple persons. On August 21, 2008, the FBI charged Said with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and, on December 4, 2014, placed him on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
Earlier this evening, the members of the FBI's SWAT team arrested Said, without incident, at a residence in Justin, Texas — approximately 35 miles northwest of Irving.
Said's son, Islam Said, and brother, Yassim Said, were arrested in Euless, Texas, and charged with harboring a fugitive, according to FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno.
DeSarno says they are seeking additional information from the public in regard to others who may have aided or harbored Said in his flight from justice.
“The FBI-led Dallas Violent Crimes Task Force has worked tirelessly to find Yaser Abdel Said," stated DeSarno. "These experienced investigators never gave up on their quest to find him and pledged to never forget the young victims in this case.”
DeSarno says investigators have been working aggressively for 12 years to locate Said and had chased leads across the country and internationally, including in Egypt.
"His capture and arrest bring us one step closer to justice for Amina and Sarah," stated DeSarno. "We want to thank our partners at the Irving Police Department for working with us to apprehend this dangerous individual.”
“On January 1, 2008, the Irving Police Department opened a murder investigation after two young girls were found shot to death," stated Irving Police Department Chief Jeff Spivey. "Since that night, the members of the Irving Police Department and our partners with the Dallas FBI have tirelessly pursued justice for Amina and Sarah. Even after 12 years of frustration and dead ends, the pursuit for their killer never ceased. Today’s arrest of their father, Yaser Said brings us closer to ensuring justice is served on their behalf.”
The search for Said was coordinated by the FBI’s Dallas Violent Crimes Task Force, which is composed of FBI special agents and officers from the Carrollton, Dallas, Garland, Grand Prairie, and Irving Police Departments and the Texas Department of Public Safety.