Thursday 11 August 2022 03:22 AM Muhammad Syed: Suspected serial killer's daughter claims he has an alibi trends now
Muhammad Syed, 51, denies that he committed the four murders in Albuquerque
The daughter of the Afghan immigrant accused of murdering four other Muslim men in New Mexico is insisting on his innocence, even as records reveal the suspect's long history of alleged violence against his own family as well as strangers.
Muhammad Syed, 51, was arrested Monday after a traffic stop more than 100 miles from his home in Albuquerque, where he is suspected in four fatal shootings that took place between November and August.
Syed denied any connection to the crimes that shook the city and its small Muslim community, raising fears of a hate-crime spree -- but which police now say may have been driven by personal grudges.
His daughter told CNN that Syed knew several of the slain men, but insisted that her father was at home at the time of the shootings, without offering any proof to support the alibi.
CNN did not name the daughter, but Syed's daughter Lubna has spoken out in his defense in other interviews. Religious sectarian tensions between Syed and Lubna's husband are being probed as a potential motive in the murders.
Mohammad Zahir Ahmadi, 62, (left) was the first Muslim man killed. Naeem Hussein, 25, (right) became the most recent victim when he was gunned down in the middle of the street on Friday
The victims of an apparent serial killer include Aftab Hussein, 41, left, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, who was shot near the University of New Mexico on August 1. All of the victims immigrated to the United States from South Asia, and all practiced the Muslim faith
Investigators say they have ample evidence to prove his guilt in the four killings. The first ambush-style shooting happened in November and was followed by three more between July 26 and August 5.
Syed has been officially charged with two of the murders that have rocked New Mexico's largest city: the July 26 killing of Aftab Hussein, 41, and the August 1 death of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27. Both men moved to the U.S. from Pakistan.
Police say the gun used in those two shootings was found in Syed's home.
The other two victims were both Afghan-born: Mohammad Zahir Ahmadi, 62 and Naeem Hussain, 25.
Police say that ballistic evidence links the four murders, and that Syed will likely soon be charged with all four.
When interviewed by detectives, Syed spoke through a Pashto interpreter and said he had been with the special forces in Afghanistan and fought against the Taliban, the criminal complaint said. Police said he has lived in America for about five years.
Police say they are looking a a number of possible motives, and have declined to comment directly on reports that Syed, a Sunni Muslim, was angry that his daughter married a Shiite Muslim.
Deputy Police Cmdr. Kyle Hartsock told reporters on Tuesday that 'motives are still being explored fully to understand what they are.'
Four Muslim men have been shot and killed within a five-mile radius of each other over the past nine months
Meanwhile, more disturbing details have emerged about Syed's alleged history of violence, including claims that he attacked his own son with a spoon, threatened to kill his daughter's boyfriend, assaulted staff at Walmart and Home Depot, and beat his wife inside a state building.
Syed has a history of allegations of domestic violence against his wife and children dating back to 2017, according to records reported by the Daily Beast.
Despite the wide array of arrests for battery and assault, Syed never faced formal charges, in part because his family often seemed to downplay the incidents to police investigators.
Police also had difficulty communicating with Syed directly without a translator, and his children often served as intermediaries.
In one July 2017 incident, police reports show cops were called when Syed's daughter Lubna reported 'ongoing verbal and physical disputes with her very conservative Muslim parents.'
The daughter said that she was in a dispute with her father over his insistence that her brother escort her to classes at the University of New Mexico, which she felt was unnecessary.
Police interviewed the daughter and observed swelling around her eye, but were unable to make an arrest when she declined to press charges.
People sprinkle dirt over the grave of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday. A funeral service was held for Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, at the Islamic Center of New Mexico on Friday
Muhammad Syed, 51, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with the murder of two fellow Muslim men
Then in December 2017, police intervened in two physical altercations between Syed and Iftikhar Amir, who was described at the time as his daughter Lubna's boyfriend.
Public records suggested that Lubna later married Iftikhar, listing her as owning a home with a man identified as Iftikhar Hussain Am Jan.
On December 17, 2017, police responded to a report of an altercation when Muhammad Syed and his wife Bibi said they confronted Lubna about coming home late, and then followed her to Iftikhar's home, where a physical confrontation ensued in which Iftikhar allegedly slashed Syed with a knife.
Days later, Iftikhar told cops that he was sitting in Lubna's car on December 23, 2017 when Lubna's father, brother and mother pulled him out and began kicking and punching him because the 'did not want her having a relationship' with him.
In that incident Syed was charged with battery, but the case was later dropped.
In 2018, police responded to Iftikhar's complaint that Syed threatened to kill him. Syed denied the allegation and claimed that Iftikhar had been the one making threatening phone calls. No charges were filed, and cops warned the two men to stay away from each other.
In another May 2018 incident, Syed was accused of kicking his wife out of their car on the was to an appointment at the New Mexico Department of Human Services and making her walk two hours to get the rest of the way there.
When the wife Bibi arrived at the building, employees reported hearing her screaming and finding her laying on the floor of the lobby with a chunk of hair missing.
Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina, left is joined at a press conference by Mayor Tim Keller and Governor Michelle Grisham in announcing the arrest of Muhammad Syed
Bibi told police that Syed was angry they missed their appointment as he waited for her to arrive, and pushed her to the ground, but no charges were filed.
Syed's son Maiwand also called police in late 2018 saying that his father was beating his mother with a large metal spoon. Cops found the son with a bloody laceration on his head, and Maiwand said that Syed regularly beat him and his mother with the spoon. Syed was arrested but the