Somehow Trump is to blame for the murders of these two men. Do you think this is terror related or a ‘hate crime’ like the media is playing it up to be?
Police are questioning a man in relation to the ‘hate crime’ execution of a New York Imam and and his assistant in broad daylight.
Maulama Akonjee, 55, and 64-year-old Thara Uddin were walking near from the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque, in Queens, when they were gunned down on Saturday afternoon.
A 35-year-old man from Ozone Park was detained around 11pm Sunday, but NYPD sources have confirmed to Daily Mail Online he is only being interviewed in connections with the slayings and is not a suspect.
There are claims a neighborhood row between Muslims and Hispanics or a parking dispute may have led to the brutal slayings, but cops have refused to comment on the motive.
The local Islamic community have said it was ‘hate crime’ and have demanded justice from the NYPD.
Since Saturday’s shooting, police have:
- Released a sketch of a bearded man wearing glasses who they believe is the gunman
- Revealed surveillance footage of the moment the pair were brazenly gunned down in the street
- Taken a man into custody in connection with the murder – but are not treating him as a suspect. He was picked up in a Chevy Tahoe seen near the crime scene
- Hinted that the Imam was carrying up to $1,000 in cash – but it was not stolen
- Suggested the shooter knew the Imam and his schedule, and that the daylight execution was not a random attack
However they have not revealed a motive behind the crime or elaborated on the relationship between the suspect and the two victims.
An unidentified man was taken into custody in Brooklyn on Sunday night following after he was arrested for an unrelated incident.
He was tracked through an old-model Chevy Trailblazer – similar to the one spotted at the crime scene – after a cyclist said he had been knocked over by the vehicle.
The cyclist took down the vehicle’s license plate number and handed it to police, according to the New York Daily News.
The NYPD Regional Fugitive Task Force were conducting ‘brief surveillance’ of the man when he rammed an unmarked cop car, sources said.
He was then arrested and was still being questioned at 11:15am on Monday morning.
Police are now said to be waiting for a warrant to search his home.
But police have confirmed that he is not yet being considered a suspect in the murder.
He is being held in Brooklyn’s 75th precinct.
The NYPD would not elaborate on the details of why he was being linked to the crime and why he had been arrested.
They would also not reveal if he had any relationship with the slain Imam and his assistant.
The Daily News has reported that the men being shot in the head could have been the result of a feud between Muslims and Hispanics.
However the allegations have not been confirmed by police.
The brazen shooting has been branded a hate crime by people in the community who are demanding justice.
Police believe the killer was an experienced shooter.
The arrest comes after the surveillance footage emerged of the two men being ambushed by the shooter and hours after a sketch of the suspect was released.
In the video the suspect, wearing a dark shirt and blue shorts, then runs off and leaves two men dying in in the middle of the street. The video has yet to be independently verified.
The sketch depicts a dark-haired, bearded man wearing glasses.