Man convicted of helping brother evade arrest in slayings

February 4, 2021 GMT

IRVING, Texas (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday found a man guilty of helping his brother evade arrest for over 12 years after being accused of fatally shooting his two teen daughters in Texas.

Yassein Abdulfatah Said, 59, was found guilty of conspiracy to conceal a person from arrest, concealing a person from arrest and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, federal prosecutors said. His nephew, Islam Said, 32, pleaded guilty to the same charges last month.

Both men face up to 30 years in federal prison at sentencing.


Yaser Said — the brother of Yassein Said and father of Islam Said — was arrested last August in Justin, 36 miles (58 kilometers) northwest of Dallas. Yaser Said had been wanted on a capital murder warrant following the New Year’s Day 2008 fatal shootings of his daughters, Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18.

The sisters were found shot multiple times in their father’s taxicab outside a hotel in the Dallas suburb of Irving. One of the girls called 911 from a cellphone and said she was dying.

Prosecutors said Yassein Said and Islam Said harbored Yaser Said in an apartment in the Dallas suburb of Bedford and later in a home in Justin.