aug. 14—Federal authorities consider a son of the accused within the high-profile shootings of Muslim males round Alquerque could have performed a task in a minimum of one of many killings alongside his father.
Shaheen Syed, 21, who used to go by “Maiwand Syed,” is in federal custody and charged with offering a false handle when he purchased a gun in June 2021, allegedly saying he was a Florida resident.
Based on a movement to detain Syed filed in US District Court docket in New Mexico, cellphone data present he probably helped his father surveil Naeem Hussain, 25, earlier than Hussain was fatally shot on Aug. 5 outdoors a refugee providers heart in Albuquerque.
Shaheen Syed got here underneath the eyes of regulation enforcement after his father, 51-year-old Muhammad Atif Syed, was charged with two open counts of homicide within the taking pictures deaths of Aftab Hussein, 41, on July 26 and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, on Aug. 1.
Authorities say Muhammad Afzaal Hussain was shot at with two weapons and police matched casings discovered on the scene of each homicides to a pistol and rifle present in Muhammad Syed’s house and automobile.
Albuquerque police have stated Muhammad Syed can be a “main suspect” within the deaths of Naeem Hussain and Mohammad Zahir Ahmadi, 62, in November 2021, however he has not been charged in both case.
“Legislation enforcement officers even have not too long ago found proof that seems to tie the defendant, Shaheen Syed, to those killings,” in line with the movement to detain.
John Anderson, Shaheen Syed’s legal professional, declined to touch upon Saturday. Shaheen Syed’s household couldn’t be reached for remark.
The homicides drew worldwide consideration and threw the native Muslim group right into a panic, with some members reportedly fleeing the state out of concern.
Tahir Gauba, a spokesman for the Islamic Middle of New Mexico, stated these fears have since settled they usually have “full religion” in regulation enforcement companies going ahead.
“We all the time believed that it will be exhausting for one particular person to these (murders),” he stated of the accusations towards Shaheen Syed.
Gauba stated the group has been relieved and has began to return to dwelling their lives for the reason that arrests of the daddy and son.
“I consider the group is out of concern now. They consider that whoever’s accountable … they’re behind bars,” he stated.
The movement to detain Shaheen Syed additionally included prior police stories of him allegedly beating his father and sister — for which he had an impressive warrant — and taking pictures, in an unrelated incident, he and his brother’s alleged involvement in a outdoors a Walmart.
A response filed Saturday by Anderson known as the allegations towards his consumer within the dying of Naeem Hussein “exceedingly skinny and speculative.” He added that there isn’t a prison conduct related to him within the Walmart taking pictures and that Syed by no means obtained his summons from him within the home violence incident.
Anderson additionally included a photograph of a Florida driver’s license issued to Shaheen Syed in 2021, showing to contradict present federal expenses towards him that he misrepresented himself as a Florida resident at an Albuquerque gun retailer.
Within the movement to detain, prosecutors stated Shaheen Syed is “a serial liar” and a flight threat.
Most notably within the movement, federal authorities lay out how they suppose Shaheen labored along with his father when Naeem Hussain was shot to dying.
Authorities consider Muhammad Syed adopted Hussain in his Jetta from the funerals of Aftab Hussein and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain earlier than he was shot within the head and arm whereas sitting in his SUV outdoors Lutheran Household Providers.
Prosecutors allege Shaheen Syed spoke along with his father when his telephone was “someplace within the common space” of the Islamic Middle of New Mexico, the place the funeral providers had been held, and shortly after his father’s telephone pinged in an space that encompassed Lutheran Household Providers.
After Hussain was gunned down, Shaheen Syed’s telephone moved to “an space nearer” to the crime scene, in line with the movement, the place his father had been for greater than 10 minutes. Ten minutes after the taking pictures, in line with the movement, the lads shared a second name as their telephones remained within the “common space of the homicide.”
Authorities stated the transient telephone calls between the lads could be “in line with fast surveillance calls” and “there seems to be no logical purpose” for Shaheen Syed to have been within the space when Hussain was gunned down.
In response, Anderson’s movement states that Shaheen Syed shouldn’t be detained on his “supposed involvement” in crimes he has not been charged with.
The movement additionally states prosecutors give no indication of the scale of “the overall space” that his telephone was in relative to the taking pictures — questioning whether or not it was “inside 100 yards of the homicide scene or 5 miles?”
Based on a GoFundMe arrange for Naeem Hussain’s household, he was a volunteer at Lutheran Household Providers who helped immigrants and refugees like himself.
“Naeem was a loving and caring one who believed in serving to others. Two weeks earlier than his dying, he had turn into a US Citizen and he was so excited to start out this subsequent chapter in his younger life,” in line with the GoFundMe web page, which stated Hussain left behind a spouse and “many members of the family.”
After the taking pictures, authorities launched a flyer of the automobile seen following Hussain which, in line with the police, was later recognized as Muhammad Syed’s Jetta.
The movement states that, on the identical day the flyer was despatched out, Shaheen Syed’s sister despatched him a photograph of the flyer and the hubcaps of the Jetta had been eliminated and located in a dumpster in Albuquerque.
“Along with creating proof that seems to attach the defendant to his father’s actions, there are different disturbing stories that forged mild on the defendant’s historical past and traits,” the prosecution’s movement states.
The primary report was from July 21, 2021.
Officers responded to a police station in Southeast Albuquerque after, in line with an incident report, Shaheen Syed and his brother Adil informed police they’d been concerned in a taking pictures on the Walmart close to Zuni and San Mateo.
Police stated Adil Syed informed them his brother drove him to the Walmart and a person obtained out of a black automobile and flashed a gun at them. He stated he fired 11 photographs on the man they usually did not name police as a result of they did not need their mother and father to search out out.
Adil Syed waffled on whether or not he needed to press expenses, saying he would “do what his brother stated,” in line with the report. Police stated Walmart safety video confirmed the person, who’s recognized as “Earl,” get out of the black automobile however could not inform if he had a gun in his hand.
The report states video additionally confirmed Adil Syed “seems to shoot at” the black automobile however officers could not “see a weapon.” Adil Syed informed police the gun was in his bed room and officers seized the weapon.
Adil Syed was arrested for a misdemeanor warrant associated to a cost of battery towards a family member, however neither he nor Shaheen Syed confronted expenses within the taking pictures.
“Most upstanding people handle to keep away from getting themselves concerned in street rage incidents that escalate to the extent the place weapons are flashed, after which fired, in a public area,” the movement to detain Shaheen Syed states.
In response, Anderson’s movement states the report hardly mentions Shaheen Syed, including that him not assembly the “United States’ imaginative and prescient of ‘an upstanding citizen'” would not make him a prison.
The subsequent report cited within the movement to detain stemmed from a Feb. 27 incident.
Police responded round 11:55 pm to a home dispute on the Syed house, in line with an incident report. Muhammad Syed, whose face was bloodied, informed police Shaheen had hit him and his 16-year-old sister “for an unknown purpose.”
When requested if he was prepared to press expenses, the daddy replied “I need justice.”
Shaheen had left the house earlier than the police arrived and, apart from the daddy, the household would not cooperate, in line with the report. The mom informed police she did not know the place her son was, that nothing occurred and Muhammad Syed was mendacity.
Police stated after they tried to speak to the teenager sister who was battered, the household started chatting with her of their native language. The teenager would not cooperate after that.
The report states the incident was not the primary time Shaheen had injured his little sister to the purpose the place she was hospitalized and, in a previous incident, the sister was taken into the custody of the New Mexico Youngsters, Youth and Households Division.
“I defined to them that despite the fact that (Shaheen Syed) will not be right here … that he’s nonetheless in bother for what he did,” an officer wrote within the report. “I informed (the sister) to inform her mom that she needs to be disillusioned in herself. (The sister) requested what does that imply and I stated ‘ashamed’ and walked out of the home.”
The report states Shaheen Syed was issued a prison summons and, in line with the movement to detain, that became a warrant when he did not present up.
In response, Anderson’s movement features a “return to sender” letter and requested how Shaheen Syed may very well be blamed for not responding to a summons he by no means obtained.
The response states, “If both the USA or the State of New Mexico has sufficient proof to cost (Shaheen Syed) with a extra critical crime, it’s definitely at liberty to take action. However within the absence of enough proof even to cost (Shaheen Syed) with involvement in these homicide, he can’t be detained on that foundation.”