Watch: Traffic stop leads to arrest of man wanted for 1994 murder
The suspect begged deputies to let him go, but they soon found out he was wanted for a homicide of an 18-year-old almost three decades ago
By Amanda Spence
ATLANTA — A traffic stop has led to the arrest of a suspect wanted for a 1994 cold case murder.
The suspect, Muhammed Bilal El-Amin, 47, has been on the run since the murder of 18-year-old Jafferd Tucker. He has been wanted by the FBI as well as the Atlanta Police Department, 11 Alive reported. Oconee County Deputy Devan Blair was doing random vehicle registration checks when she noticed El-Amin’s vehicle had an expired registration.
The suspect’s apprehension was caught on the deputy’s bodycam, showing her stop El-Amin, who gave the deputy a fake name. Later, deputy Lex Ogan arrives, explaining that he was being arrested for an expired registration, not having insurance and for having a suspended driver’s license. However, the license was for a person named Rais Sekhem and El-Amin claimed that was him. He asked for citations, but the deputies didn’t let him off that easy.
“I beg you, I beg of you all,” he said to them. “I have children, I have a sick uncle and I run the household. I’m not a criminal, I’m not a crook.”
El-Amin was taken to jail, where a fingerprint check revealed a hit for the Atlanta Police for a fugitive warrant.
“I think that today was his worst day ever,” Ernest Cook, Tucker’s uncle, said, adding, “and it is the greatest day for me and my family.”