Teens charged with murder in father’s stabbing at supermarket

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) — Police have charged a 16-year-old boy as an adult with the murder of his father’s stabbing at a convenience store in southeast Fort Wayne last week.

According to court documents, Ahmed Al-Malahi was taken to the Allen County Juvenile Center after confessing to detectives what happened on the morning of February 7.

Fort Wayne police found a dead man at the One Stop store on Creighton Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. on February 7. This man was later identified as 52-year-old Tawfika Al-Malahi.

When police first spoke to Ahmed Al-Malahi on the night of his father’s death, he said he went to school at 8 a.m. that morning and was not in the store. According to court documents, police believe he “openly cheated” on where he was at the time of the murder.

But on February 8, detectives took him for an interview, and his story changed.

Ahmed Al-Malahi finally told investigators that he closed his father’s shop on the night of February 6 and left the door unlocked “so he could come in the next day to do this to his father,” according to court documents .

Ahmed Al-Malahi said he went back to the store on February 7 and hid behind a small table to wait for his father. Ahmed Al-Malahi said that when his father came in around 9am, he got up, grabbed him and stabbed him several times in the back with a knife. He said he got the knife at home and that it belonged to his mother.

Ahmed Al-Malahi said he hit his father on the back of the head with a piece of metal. When his father fell to the ground, Ahmed Al-Malahi stabbed him again several times before cutting his throat with the knife.

The coroner reported that Tawfika Al-Malahi had about 45 stab wounds, as well as a deep laceration on his neck and a large fractured skull, which appeared to have been inflicted after he was dead.

If Ahmed Al-Malahi gave a motive for the murder, the detectives did not record it in the court documents.

Detectives determined that the only item stolen from the store was the DVR, which controls the camera system. Ahmed Al-Malahi told police in his interview that after stabbing his father, he took the DVR, changed his clothes and threw the evidence in a garbage bag after cleaning the crime scene with bleach.

Ahmed Al-Malahi also said he took the cash from the register because he wanted to make it look like a robbery.

Ahmed Al-Malahi, a student at Northrop High School, told investigators he then rode his bike to the bus stop and walked to school that day. Police checked attendance records and found that he arrived at school around 11:40 a.m

In an elementary school dumpster, investigators found a garbage bag containing the DVR, two red-stained knives, used plastic gloves, an empty bleach bottle, a metal device with protruding metal teeth and other items police believe may be connected to the murder. according to court records.

Ahmed Al-Malahi is scheduled to be transferred to Allen County Jail.

https://www.wane.com/news/local-news/teen-charged-with-murder-in-fathers-stabbing-death-at-convenience-store/ Teens charged with murder in father’s stabbing at supermarket

Dais Johnston

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