x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Houston teenagers formally charged over murder of Emirati officer

Two teenagers have been formally charged over the shooting death of Emirati army captain Salem Saif Al Mazrouei.

A Grand Jury handed down indictments this week, formally charging Detone Lewayne Price, 18, and Corey Trevon Perry, 17, with capital murder in the shooting death of Emirati army captain Salem Saif Al Mazrouei.

On August 7, Mr Mazrouei and his father parked in front of their apartment in the Medical Center area of Houston, Texas to unload the car. The elder Mr Mazrouei went up to the apartment. Moments later, his son was allegedly forced through the door by two men.

Mr Perry and Mr Price are alleged to have robbed the father and son in their apartment. The elder Mr Mazrouei fled the apartment during the robbery. His son followed, but was shot as he attempted to escape.

The suspects fled in Mr Mazrouei’s car. The younger Mr Mazrouei was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that night. The car was later found abandoned. Evidence inside the car led police to arrest Mr Price and Mr Perry.

The younger Mr Mazrouei was in the United States to assist his father, who was receiving cancer treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Mr Price remains in jail without bond. His next court date is set for January 4. Mr Perry was granted bond in the amount of $1 million. However, he has not posted bond and remains in jail awaiting trial. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 7.

Mr Mazrouei, who was 28, leaves behind a wife and an infant son. His body was returned to the United Arab Emirates on August 11. He was laid to rest on August 12 in his hometown of Adhen in Ras Al Khaimah.