Houston: Muslim migrant hired hitman to murder cop, wanted murder to happen after Ramadan

Ramadan is the month of jihad, so ordinarily the killing an infidel police officer would fit right in, but perhaps Mohammed Mohamed suspected that killing a police officer for wanting him to bring his business up to code wasn’t exactly a pious act, and so it would best be kept until after the holy month. Nonetheless, the combination of a devout commitment to the religion and murderous intent is something we have seen again and again among some Muslims, and seldom, if ever, among adherents of other religions.

“Mohammed Mohamed: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know,” by Jessica McBride, Heavy, June 26, 2018 (thanks to the Geller Report):

Mohammed Mohamed is accused of trying to hire a hitman to murder a Houston police officer because he was upset the officer was giving him code violation tickets for his business, a plot that went awry when authorities learned about it before it could take place. Authorities faked the officer’s murder to convince Mohamed that the police officer was dead, the chief says.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo held a press conference to announce the arrest on June 26, 2018, and he also released a mugshot of the suspect. Mohamed, 47, is facing a charge of solicitation for capital murder, the chief said.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Mohamed Is Accused of Hiring an Undercover Officer Posing as a Hitman for $2,000

Acevedo said the officer who was targeted is a community police officer. He said such officers enforce quality of life issues. The officer has been on the force for about 20 years…

The suspect wanted the officer dead because he thought the officer was interfering with his business, said the police chief. He said it would cost him thousands of dollars to bring the business up to code. At first, the suspect wanted someone to disable the officer by throwing acid in his face, alleged the chief. Then, he decided that wasn’t enough. He wanted “him killed because that’s the only way this would go away. The suspect specifically wanted to hire a hitman,” said the police chief.

He was willing to pay $2,000 for the murder, said the chief.

2. Mohamed, Who Owns a Shipping Business, Wanted the Murder to Happen After Ramadan, Authorities Allege

…He “wanted our officer dead. He was adamant that he would not meet the hit man until the end of Ramadan,” Acevedo alleged, saying that Mohamed allegedly hired a hitman “because he got tickets.” Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed by Muslims throughout the world as a month involving fasts….

The chief noted that authorities are hoping for no bail in the case because Mohammed Mohamed “has ties back home in Egypt” making him a potential flight risk. “We’re hopeful that no bail is given to this individual,” the chief said adding that the officer “was targeted for doing his sworn duty.

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