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According to sources, authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have detained 51-year-old Muhammad Syed as a suspect in the murder of two Muslim men.
While CNN was inside Syeds' house hours before the announcement, her father provided insight on what transpired when they last saw each other. She argued that the information was prior to his detention and before authorities placed a search order on their property.
While the family was still tidying up after investigators had gone through the houses belongings the previous evening, one of Syed's six children, the daughter, spoke on Tuesday morning. Rugs from the living area were also scattered, and drawer contents were also dispersed. A flag of Afghanistan, from which Syed and his family had moved several years earlier, was still visible in the living room.
CNN has decided not to publish her name owing to concerns about the daughters' safety.
She claims that the grey Volkswagen Jetta she father pursues as a truck driver was identified. Police in Albuquerque described photographs of a grey Volkswagen automobile as a Jetta as a vehicle of concern for the killings.
Syed told his family on Monday night that he was going to Texas to get an apartment for them, and that he was concerned about previous shootings in the Muslim community. He also claimed that he was scared due to the shootings.
According to Kyle Hartsock, the deputy commander of the Albuquerque Police Departments criminal investigations division, authorities had been ready to execute a search warrant on Syeds' residence Monday night when they saw him get into his vehicle and followed him. They were acting on a public tip.
Syed was stopped and imprisoned in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, which is about 120 miles east of Albuquerque and about halfway to the Texas border.
According to Hartsock, police conducted the search warrant at Syeds' residence in the interim and discovered dozens of explosives.
Syeds' daughter said she was still at home during the shootings, but she was unable to provide proof.
My father is not a murderous person. My father has always said about peace. We are in the United States for that reason. She spoke to CNN.
According to the daughter, the family has lived in the United States for around six years.
Hartsock said that his only known history with him in the past few years, including a few minor misdemeanor arrests (from the Albuquerque Police Department) from domestic violence and other events, was confirmed.
According to Hartsock, Syeds' three previous complaints of domestic abuse were dismissed.
During a Tuesday police interview, Syed denied any participation in the deaths, according to his affidavit.
Albuquerque witnessed the murder of four Muslim men between November 2021 and this month, the last three of which took place within a two-week period. The victims were all of South Asian ancestries, and two of the homicides were described in a more detailed document written on Tuesday.
Aftab Hussein, a gunman who wounded one of the victims, was discovered on July 26 next to a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. According to the complaint, as Hussein got out of his car, the gunman was waiting behind a bush near the entrance where the victim regularly park his automobile. When Hussein got out, the gunman opened fire several times.
According to the complaint, Muhammud Afzaal Hussain was discovered on August 1 with several gunshot wounds after receiving a call about a drive-by shooting.
Authorities have discovered evidence that Syed may have known the victims to a degree, and that interpersonal tension might have been the cause of the killings at the suspects' home, according to authorities on Tuesday.
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Authorities said they intend to prosecute him with the killings of Aftab Hussein and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, and Hartsock said they are working with the district attorney on possible charges for the killings of Naeem Hussain on August 5 and Mohammad Zaher Ahmadi on November 2021.
According to Hartsock, the evidence is sufficient to ensure that authorities maintain their belief that Syed is also the most likely person of interest or suspect in the killings.
According to an arrest affidavit, bullet shells from a handgun discovered in his car when he was stopped were related to one of the scenes, while one of the firearms confiscated in his residence has been linked to bullet casings discovered at the scenes of two homicides.
Aftab Hussein and Naeem Hussain were friends when their daughter told him she married a guy in February 2018. Her father initially denied accepting the union, but later admitted to accepting it. She claimed that two of the victims, Aftab Hussein and Naeem Hussain, were known friends.