After 12 years on the run, the FBI has captured a man wanted in connection for the 2008 murders of his two teen daughters.
Agents arrested Yaser Abdel Said, 63, without incident in Justin, Texas, on Wednesday, according to an FBI statement. He had been wanted on capital murder charges for the deaths of his daughters, Lewisville High School students, Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18.
Said had been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitive list since 2014 after he shot his two daughters to death while inside a taxi, in Irving, Texas. Police, who called the deaths “honor killings,” said the suspect was upset that the girls had been dating non-Muslim boys.
The girls thought they were going to dinner with their taxi driver father when the shootings occurred. Sara managed to call 911 after the shootings. She pleaded for help and named her father as the shooter as she spoke to a 911 dispatcher, the Washington Post reports.
“Help,” Sarah said. “I’m dying. Oh my God. Stop it.”
Authorities didn’t find the girls immediately after they couldn’t determine the address through the 911 call. Someone from a nearby Omni hotel found the girls’ deceased bodies at around 7:30 p.m. and called 911.
*Previous footage prior to Said’s capture*
The girls were scared of their father and his controlling ways, according to ABC 8, prompting their mother to flee with them to Oklahoma. Days later, however, they returned to Texas, despite the girls’ pleas to stay away from him. The girls had said many times that they thought their father would kill them.
Within a week of returning home, the girls were dead.
Prior to their deaths, the girls said for years that their father had been sexually abusing them.
Along with Said, police arrested his son, Islam Said, and his brother, Yasim Said, who are accused of helping him evade capture. Police believe there are others who may have aided the suspect.
“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 their behalf.”
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[Feature Photo: Sarah Yaser Said and Amina Yaser Said/Handout]