DPD need public's help solving carjack murder at Southfield, Paul

- Detroit police are working to figure out who killed Ahmed Alakoubi last month in the early morning of August 28th.

His body found shot to death at the intersection of Paul and Southfield on the city's west side.

The 24-year-old man had just left a relative's home at 3 a.m. then at 3:08 a.m. police believe this video caught the killer speeding away in Alakoubi's car a short distance from where his body was found.

It appears Alakoubi may have been carjacked before he was shot and killed but investigators are still trying to figure out those details.

"The victim was located right at the northeast corner of Southfield…within eight minutes our victim is deceased," said Officer James McDonald, Detroit police. "When I researched his call logs, he had no calls coming in at 3 a.m. so he wasn't meeting anybody. There's a traffic light and based on where the bullet wounds are, he was sitting in his vehicle."

The victim's car was dumped at McDonald Square Apartments at the corner of Chene and Vernor, a 16 mile driving distance from where he was killed, and police tell us this area is known for similar crimes.

Officer McDonald said the area is known for criminals ditching stolen vehicles.

"There's been multiple arrests in the area for people with stolen cars that are straight steals or taken by violence," he said. "So that's why I'm making the assumptions this could have been a carjacking."

At this time, investigators say the only evidence they have from the case is the victim's stolen vehicle.

"There were some fingerprints taken from the trunk," McDonald said. "Those were taken to be tested so we're going to see what we can get from them."

The victim was driving was a black 2013 Chrysler 300C similar to this one. It's key for anyone who may have been in the area of Paul and Southfield during the time of the murder to speak up.

"I'm just hoping someone was driving past and didn't know what they were seeing and come forward saying this is what I saw," McDonald said. "That's what I'm looking for."

You can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP with any information that can help police. You will remain anonymous.
 

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