Capital Murder Suspect Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List
Diego Rodriguez, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Dallas Division, Sarah Saldaña, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, and Larry Boyd, Chief of the Irving Police Department, announced today the addition of Yaser Abdel Said to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list and a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to his arrest. Said is a capital murder suspect wanted in connection with the homicide of his two teenaged daughters, Amina and Sarah.
On January 1, 2008, Said took his daughters Amina (18) and Sarah (17) for a ride in his taxi cab, under the guise of taking them to get something to eat. He drove them to Irving, Texas, where he allegedly shot both girls inside the taxi cab. They died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Based on an investigation by the Irving Police Department, on January 2, 2008, a Capital Murder-Multiple warrant was issued for Said’s arrest. On August 21, 2008, a federal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas.
Over the last seven years, this case has been featured nationally on America’s Most Wanted and profiled in local and national media stories. One year ago, a $20,000 reward was announced by the Dallas FBI; however, Said has remained at large and his whereabouts are unknown. Adding Said to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list creates the national and international attention needed to bring this fugitive to justice.
In making today’s announcement, SAC Rodriguez asked the media and public to help solve this case. “Yaser Abdel Said is wanted for his alleged role in committing a terrible act of violence against his own daughters. We believe the combination of publicity, the significant reward offering, and the team of experienced investigators assembled by the Dallas Violent Crimes Task Force and Irving Police Department will lead to his arrest,” explained SAC Rodriguez. “This addition to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list illustrates the severity of his alleged crime and our commitment to seeking justice for Amina and Sarah.”
Said’s last confirmed sighting was in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2008. He was born in Egypt in 1957 and is 57 years old. The fugitive is 6’2” tall, 180 pounds, and has a medium complexion. He has brown eyes and black hair. His physical features may vary in order to conceal his identity.
Said may seek shelter in Egyptian-affiliated communities in the United States or abroad. He is believed to have ties to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the New York City area, Virginia, Canada, and Egypt. He frequents Denny’s and IHOP restaurants; smokes Marlboro Lights 100s cigarettes; and loves dogs, especially tan- and black-colored German Shepherds. He may work as a taxi driver.
Said is considered armed and dangerous. He reportedly carries a weapon with him at all times and was known to keep a handgun in his taxi cab.
Yaser Abdel Said is the 504th person to be placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The list was established in March 1950; since then, 473 fugitives have been apprehended or located, 156 of them as a result of citizen cooperation.
“Today’s announcement by the FBI designating Said as one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives recognizes both the shocking nature of this crime as well as the dogged determination by the Dallas Violent Crimes Task Force, the Irving Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to locate Said and bring him to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Saldaña. “His two murdered daughters deserve nothing less.”
“This homicide is particularly disturbing because the one person whom Amina and Sarah Said should have been able to look to for protection is the very person who we believe took their lives,” said Chief Boyd. “Yaser Said has been on the run since he committed this heinous act, but we will not give up on our quest to bring him in. We are grateful to the FBI for their willingness to partner with us in our effort, and for the resources they will deploy to help bring Said to justice.”
If you have information about Yaser Abdel Said that may lead to locating him or help investigators, you are asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. Tips can also be submitted online at http://tips.fbi.gov.
The public is reminded that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.