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For Immediate Release

October 01, 2018

Milton Ramirez, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of LA, New Orleans (504) 628-6313;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Fugitive Accused of Bounding, Torturing, and Strangling Victim to Death
Arrested in Panama City, Panama after International Manhunt

New Orleans, LA – Saleh Omar, 40, who fled Louisiana after being identified as a suspect in a vicious murder that occurred on Sept 8, 2018 in Jefferson Parish and was arrested in Panama City, Panama attempting to board an outbound international flight back to his middle Eastern home is now back in Louisiana.

Saleh Omar and his younger brother Yazan Omar are accused of luring a former business associate into a vacant storefront where they bound the victim and proceeded to torture and beat him for several hours. The victim suffered severe blunt force trauma during the violent assault and was ultimately asphyxiated to death.

Yazan Omar was taken into custody without incident shortly after the murder. Saleh Omar, however, immediately fled Louisiana into Mexico and embarked on an extensive trek through six foreign countries evading authorities and was ultimately apprehended in Panama attempting to board an international flight back to his home country. Omar had a considerable head-start and was believed to have crossed into Mexico by the time the US Marshals Serice picked up the investigation, making his September 26th arrest particularly noteworthy.

Omar’s arrest was the result of the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service, New Orleans office, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service International Division, U.S. Marshals Service Technical Operations Group’s Special Operations Division, Diplomatic Security Services, Department of Homeland Security— U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Border Patrol.

“This arrest was a direct result of superb interagency cooperation – we could not have done it without the help of all our law enforcement partner agencies” said Supervisory Deputy Walter Martin IV who also added: “The community can rest easy knowing our team is not discouraged by geographical boundaries and stand ready to pursue fleeing felons anywhere around the globe”.

Saleh Omar was extradited back to Louisiana where he’ll be booked with second degree murder.

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