A man who had been on the run for almost three decades in correlation with a 1994 killing just beyond Atlanta was apprehended during a traffic violation on Tuesday.
Muhammed Bilal El-Amin was arrested in Oconee County for driving a Mazda with a suspended license, driving without insurance, and having a suspended car registration, according to Fox Atlanta. When he was apprehended, deputies were conducting random registration inspections.
He was wanted for his involvement with the killing of 18-year-old Jafferd Tucker, who was shot in the face at a transit station on November 27, 1994. In May 2001, a federal warrant was served charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
El-Amin, who’d been wanted by the FBI, gave deputies a South Carolina driver’s license with the name Rais Sekhem, which was returned as suspended. He reportedly told the officer that he had no idea why his license had been suspended.
That deputy summoned backup and arrested him. He was fingerprinted and his real identity was discovered once he arrived at a local jail.
“His finger prints came back to a different name than was what stated on his driver’s license,” the sheriff’s office said in a social media post.