FBI Seattle
Seattle Media
February 10, 2022

FBI Increases Reward to $20,000 for Somali Man Charged with 2002 Murder in Lakewood, Washington

SEATTLE, WA—The FBI’s Seattle Field Office is increasing a reward to $20,000, seeking the public’s assistance to locate and arrest Liban Abdulkadir Sheikh, a Somali man in his 40s, who lived in the Seattle area. Sheikh has been a fugitive for the past 20 years, wanted for his alleged involvement in a murder and attempted murder.


On November 27, 2002, Sheikh allegedly forced his way into a residence at the Meadowbrook Apartments on 146th Street, SW in Lakewood. Sheikh, using a semiautomatic handgun, allegedly shot a man six times in the back of the head, killing him instantly. Sheikh also allegedly shot the victim’s girlfriend twice in the back and the leg. He then fled the state.

Sheikh was charged with murder in the first degree, assault in the first degree, and burglary in the first degree, and a local arrest warrant was issued in the Superior Court of the State of Washington for Pierce County. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Sheikh in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Sheikh was later seen in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also has ties to, or may have traveled to:

  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Surrey and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Oslo, Norway
  • London, England
  • Somalia

See poster for biographical information and aliases. Anyone with information regarding this fugitive should contact the FBI’s Seattle Field Office at 206-622-0460, 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324), or tips.fbi.gov.