December 8, 2014

FBI Adds Capital Murder Suspect to Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

Yaser Abdel Said, wanted for the murder of his two teenage daughters in Texas, has been named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading directly to the arrest of Said, who was born in Egypt and may be hiding there or in U.S. communities with Egyptian ties.

On January 1, 2008, Said persuaded his estranged daughters—Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17—to visit him. He said he was going to take them to get something to eat. Instead, he allegedly drove them in his taxi cab to a remote location and used a handgun to murder them. One of the girls was able to make a 911 call and was heard screaming for help, saying she and her sister were being shot by their father. Their bodies were discovered several hours later in the cab, which was abandoned outside a hotel in Irving, Texas.

The last confirmed sighting of Said, now age 57, was in Irving, Texas, in 2008. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds, and has brown eyes, black hair, and possibly a thick mustache. He should be considered armed and dangerous. He reportedly carries a weapon with him at all times.

In addition to Egypt and Canada, investigators believe Said has ties to the Dallas-Fort Worth region and the New York City area. He frequents diners—including Denny’s and IHOP restaurants—smokes Marlboro Lights 100s cigarettes, and loves dogs, especially tan- and black-colored German Shepherds. He may be working as a taxi driver.

If you have information about Yaser Abdel Said, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or contact your nearest law enforcement agency or U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

Said is the 504th person named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list since it was created in 1950. Locally, there have been five Ten Most Wanted Fugitives who committed crimes within the San Diego Division and six Ten Most Wanted Fugitives arrested or located within San Diego.

Fugitives who committed crimes in San Diego and placed on the list span multiple decades. The most recent fugitive placed on the list, Ramon Eduardo Arellano-Felix, was added on September 24, 1997, for conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana. He was captured on March 25, 2002. Prior to Arellano-Felix, Billy Ray Waldon was added to the list on May 16, 1986, for murder, attempted murder, robbery, burglary, rape, arson, and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He was captured on June 16, 1986. Vincent James Russo, Robert Clayton Buick, and William Albert Autur Tahl were placed on the list on December 12, 1979; March 24, 1966; and June 10, 1965 respectively.

Between 1955 and 1991, six Top Ten fugitives were apprehended in San Diego’s area of responsibility. Their crimes ranged from murder, extortion, robbery, burglary, rape, and arson. The most recent fugitive captured was Leo Joseph Koury, who was found dead on June 16, 1991. To learn more about the FBI’s Top Ten Fugitive program visit the FBI’s website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted. The website contains a downloadable Ten Most Wanted Fugitives 60th Anniversary, 1950–2010 booklet, as well as photos on historical top ten fugitives.