CHICAGO: The 26-year-old son of Egypt’s Minister of Immigration and Expatriates, Nabila Makram, is facing premeditated murder charges for the murders of two men in California in April.
Ramy Hani Mounir Fahim, who lives in Irvine, California, was also charged with two enhancements, each being on the lookout and personal use of a deadly weapon after a co-worker and his roommate were stabbed to death in their Anaheim apartment at the start of the last one. month.
The special circumstances of the “waiting” and the multiple killings make Fahim eligible for the death penalty, officials said.
Police allege Fahim attacked and killed his co-worker, Griffin Cuomo, 23, and then killed Cuomo’s roommate, Jonathan Bahm, 23, in their Anaheim apartment around 6:30 a.m. on April 19, 2022.
Cuomo and Fahim worked together at an Orange County company, Pence Wealth Management. Fahim was a data engineer who had been employed as a research associate at the company.
He is being held without bail at the Intake Release Center and was arraigned May 6 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton, Calif.
Investigators say a building security officer met Fahim on the apartment complex’s rooftop at midnight on April 18, just hours before the murders. Fahim was seen on the same floor of the victims’ apartment the morning of the murder.
Fahim was still inside the victims’ apartment when Anaheim police responded to a 911 emergency call, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said.
“These young men were just beginning to pursue their dreams and find their place in the world. But an intruder who hunted them down and then slaughtered them to death in their own home interrupted those dreams,” Spitzer said.
“The ruthless way in which two young lives came to an end cannot be ignored and we will do everything we can to see justice served.”
Egypt’s Minister of Immigration and Expatriates Nabila Makram posted a statement on Facebook on Saturday, saying she and her family were going through “a severe ordeal”.
In the statement, the minister’s first since Fahim’s arrest on April 22, Makram called for prayers for her son and the two victims, and said she would continue as minister.
“My family and I have been in great distress since my son was charged with murder in the United States. This charge is before a US court and no sentence has yet been handed down,” she said.
“Doing my duties as a minister in the Egyptian government does not conflict at all with the fact that I am a believing mother who courageously faces the fate of her son. Whatever the consequences, as a minister, I take full responsibility for my position and the demands of its work, and I clearly distinguish between what is personal and what is public.
Fahim will remain in custody until a bail review hearing scheduled for June 17.