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1979 Murder Suspect Arrested In Chicago

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A suspect from a 1979 murder case has finally been apprehended in Chicago.

Fox News reports that Ata Yousef El Ammouri, 65, was on his way back to the states for his grandchild’s graduation ceremony. Upon landing at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, he was arrested by police for a murder he allegedly committed in 1979.

To rewind, El Ammouri ran a convenience store in Chicago in the 70s. On July 22, 1979, Al Ammouri allegedly shot and killed 31-year-old Joe Harris after he stole a can of beer.

El Ammouri was arrested on a murder charge, but he immediately posted bail. After that, he fled the country and has been until now. Now that he’s back in the states, he will be facing the original murder charge as well as a charge for jumping bail.

The sheriff who arrested El Ammouri – Tom Dart – said his arrest should send a strong signal to those who try to skip out of town after being arrested. He said the “passage of time does not erase our commitment to bringing fugitives to justice.”

[Image: Cook County Sheriff's Office]

1979 Murder Suspect Arrested In Chicago
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  • tamarahope

    That guy sure has balls!To commit a murder is really stupid but then to flee the U.S for 35 yrs,& then come back not only to the U.S but to the same town he fled from 35 yrs ago is really,really STUPID!

  • jimi

    Yea that’s quick justice!! Good job you dumb ass cops!!! He did your job for you and “you cops” want to take credit!! Strong message there!!!

  • http://Yahoo Mike Morgan

    None of this makes sense, he shot and killed a thief, on his property. So the message is, a thief can come to your take what he wants and you can’t defend against that. You have to call the cops or something. I don’t know but cops haven’t stopped very much lately. 19 year old kid and his brother bomb the Boston Marathon. Cops don’t stop anything. This man stopped that thief. Best part for us is we didn’t have to pay for a trail. The attorneys are pissed so they charge this guy. They want to make their money off of US the taxpayer. Tell us we need them. This guy is living proof we don’t need them, defend yourself…

    • Angie

      He didn’t break into someone’s house, the man was a shop lifter. You don’t just shoot a person to death over a item stolen from a store you blood thirsty hick. That is insane.

      • Ian Curtis

        If this occurred in Texas there would have been no arrest, Ammouri wouldn’t have even needed to speak to the police more than once. He shot a shoplifter in the act, it’s not quite the same as killing someone in cold blood.

  • r

    Cops are a law breaking deterrent not a law breaking stopper. Damn you people are stupid…

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