Police: Somali Migrant Set Blaze That Killed His 14-Year-Old Son
SEATTLE, WA – On January 22, the Seattle Fire Department arrived at a house in the 9300 block of 39th Avenue South, to find the residence fully engulfed in flames. Five of the residents managed to escape the blaze, but a 14-year-old boy was trapped inside.
Firefighters found the boy, later identified as Jabriel Isaq, inside and rushed him to Harborview Medical Center, where he died four days later.
The victim's own father, Mohamed Abdi, 38, was arrested shortly afterwards.
The Seattle Times reported:
“The defendant set fire to his own residence in the middle of the night when multiple members of his family were asleep in their beds,” including his son, who died from inhalation injuries, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Terence Carlstrom wrote in charging papers. “He walked away from the engulfed residence while his family scrambled to escape and kept walking even as fire and police vehicles drove past him en route to his residence.”
Abdi was observed on surveillance footage walking north on Carkeek Drive South, just minutes before firetrucks began arriving at his residence, according to court documents.
Arson investigators discovered that an accelerant was used in multiple parts of the home's first floor, and two gas cans were found just outside a sliding glass door.
During questioning, the suspect “showed no reaction and did not respond to investigator's questions except to ask for water, cigarette and a Coke,” stated an affidavit.
Abdi has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held at the King County Correctional Facility on $2 million bail.
*Abdi came to this country from Somalia, while his son was born in this country.