Murderer of Alexandria wine store owner arrested

A security source has revealed the arrest of a man suspected of murdering the owner of a wine store, Youssef Lamei in Alexandria on Monday.

The suspect was hiding in an uninhabited place in Bakous, the source told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Wednesday. He was arrested this morning and taken to the Alexandria security department for investigations.

Islam Awad, owner of a neighboring store, speaking to a talk show on the privately-owned Mehwar TV channel on Tuesday, said that the victim was not a troublemaker.

Awad described the accident as ‘horrible’ and that it was the first time that such an accident takes place there. He added that the suspect was holding a knife and that he got into a microbus after the accident.

The victim's son Tony Lamei was present at the scene: “I saw my father being murdered,” he said.

A bearded person, as appeared on surveillance cameras, was waiting for my father to come open the store and came to kill him, the son told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Tuesday. “We followed the criminal but he raised his knife and then ran away,” he added

“I feel sad for my father who was killed in front of me. I feel sad for a country that was once safe and secure,” he added.

Security troops intensified efforts to arrest the criminal. Prosecution ordered the forensic examination of the victim and the inspection of surveillance cameras fixed at neighboring stores.

One camera showed that the victim was wearing a yellow coat and then got a big knife out of  his outfit and attacked Lamei, who was sitting smoking Shisha outside his store. The victim did not resist.

Another camera showed the criminal’s face clearly, Al-Masry Al-Youm was informed.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a security source said that the accident likely occurred due to financial disputes denying any sectarian conflicts.

The investigation team started checking all of the victim’s social and business relationships to discover the reason behind the accident.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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