Ala. student in shooting case arrested in Dallas
MADISON, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama teenager accused of killing his middle school classmate was arrested Friday in Texas after police tracked his mom’s cellphone to find them, police said.
Hammad Memon, 16, and his mother, Safia Memon, were arrested just before 6:30 p.m. in Dallas, said Madison police Lt. John Stringer.
The teenager is accused of the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Todd Brown at Discovery Middle School in February 2010 in Madison, Ala. He was out of jail, having been released to his parents’ custody on a $75,000 bond in October 2010. He faced trial as an adult June 18.
A phone message for the teen’s attorney, Bruce Gardner, was not immediately returned late Friday evening.
A judge revoked bail for the dual-citizenship teen on Friday after authorities learned earlier in the week that he obtained a Pakistani passport and was considered a flight risk, Stringer said. Hammad Memon had surrendered his U.S. passport when he was released to his parents.
Police in the Alabama city worked with a cellphone provider to determine that the two were in the downtown Dallas area. Authorities there saw him on a sidewalk and chased him four blocks by foot to a local business. The teen gave up after running into a restroom and had nowhere to go, Stringer said.
Authorities found both had passports from Pakistan and had a large amount of money on them, he said.
Hammad Memon was arrested in Dallas for bond revocation and his mother was charged with hindering prosecution, Stringer said. Authorities will begin the process to extradite them to Alabama next week, Stringer said.
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