The FBI increased to $20,000 the reward for a former Lewisville father accused of driving his two daughters to a hotel parking lot in Irving and fatally shooting them in 2008.
A 911 cellphone call, made by one of the sisters, alerted Irving police to the shootings, but the caller was unable to tell police where she was. Officers were dispatched to the area of O’Connor Boulevard and Riverside Drive, officials said, but they couldn’t find the girls.
An hour later, a witness reported seeing a suspicious taxi in the 200 block of Las Colinas Boulevard, in the parking lot of the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas. Someone walked by, saw the girls, Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, and called Irving police.
By then, 56-year-old Yaser Said had fled, and remains on the run.
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FBI officials increased the reward on Thursday in hopes that agents could get information on Said, who has ties to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, New York City, Canada and Egypt.
“I feel that he is in the New York area, probably driving a taxi,” said private investigator Bill Warner of Sarasota, Fla. Warner was hired by family members in 2009 and continues to track Said. “He’s got family up there and he needs to work because he didn’t have much money when he left Texas.”
Warner estimated that Said had about $9,000 and a passport.
Capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution warrants have been issued for Said.
His last confirmed sighting was in Irving in 2008, according to FBI officials.
The girls were well-liked and made good grades at Lewisville High School, acquaintances said. Their father was strict and rarely let them spend time with friends. When Sarah, 17, recently met a boy at her job, she told a friend that her father would kill her if he found out.
Authorities have said a domestic dispute may have led to the shooting, but investigators provided no details about the dispute or who might have been involved.
The killings drew national attention when some family members claimed that the girls were victims of an “honor killing” because they had brought shame to the family. Authorities have declined to comment on a motive.
On Jan. 1, 2008, Said took his daughters for a ride in his taxi under the guise of taking them to get something to eat.
In the Omni parking lot in Irving, Said pulled out a handgun and shot the girls, police said.
FBI officials described Said as 56 years old, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and about 180 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair, but he may have shaved his head.
He has frequented diners such as Denny’s and IHOP, and smokes Marlboro Light 100 cigarettes, authorities said.
FBI agents consider Said armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information should contact the Dallas FBI at 972-559-5000 or online at http://tips.fbi.gov.