Albuquerque: Son of Suspect Arrested for ‘Role in Murder of Muslim Men’

Albuquerque: Son of Suspect Arrested for ‘Role in Murder of Muslim Men’

Shaheen Syed (inset) was arrested for allegedly helping his father Muhammad Syed (right) attack four Muslim men in New Mexico.

Shaheen Syed (inset) was arrested for allegedly helping his father Muhammad Syed (right) attack four Muslim men in New Mexico (Images: US District Court/Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court)

The son of the man suspected of killing four Muslim men in New Mexico may be connected to some of the shootings, authorities said.

Shaheen Syed, 21, was arrested on Tuesday for a possible connection to the series of murders, according to federal court documents obtained by Metro.co.uk.

Shaheen is the son of Muhammad Syed, who federal authorities believe attacked four Muslim men in Albuquerque in “ambush-style” attacks. Muhammad was charged with two of the slayings on Wednesday and police have identified him as the prime suspect in the other two.

Police have not confirmed whether the killings would be classified as hate crimes, serial killings, or both.

Federal prosecutors on Monday filed a motion to keep Shaheen in custody for the duration of the investigation, as they believe Shaheen may have been involved in the Aug. 1 shooting of Muhammad Aftaal Hussain.

According to a ballistics report, two weapons fired a total of 15 rounds at Aftaal Hussain: a rifle and a pistol. The drive-by shooting was over in about 20 seconds.

Aftaal Hussain’s brother, Imtiaz Hussain, also believed that multiple people were involved in the shooting.

“It is difficult for a suspect to use two weapons in such a short time,” Imtiaz said.

When police searched Muhammad Syed’s home in Albuquerque, they found two AK-47 rifles and a handgun.

When they searched Muhammad Syed’s Volkswagen Jetta, they found a fourth weapon, a 9mm pistol, and multiple shell casings. One of the casings was from the pistol and two more matched the rifles and the pistol.

Prosecutors also linked Shaheen to the murder of Naeem Hussain on August 5.

Cell tower data analyzed by police shows that Shaheen and her father were in “the same general area” as victim Naeem’s murder.

“Phone calls between Muhammad Atif Syed and the defendant (Shaheen Syed) would be consistent with quick surveillance calls, both before and after the shooting,” prosecutors said.

Shaheen’s defense attorney, John Anderson, said the charges against his client were “extremely weak and speculative.”

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