Lebanese immigrant involved in road rage murder
It was a brief moment of relief for the family of 44-year-old Sandra Hall after learning that her accused killer, 24-year-old Abdelaziz Hamze, had been arrested.
According to Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne, Hamze's hope of fleeing the county was halted when federal authorities pulled him from an Athens-bound Delta flight at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport late Monday afternoon.
Hamze is accused of dragging 44-year-old Sandra Hall seven miles down State Road 7/U.S. Highway 441 in Fort Lauderdale after a traffic collision Sunday night.
"He needs to pay for what he did," said family member Tondra Carey.
"Literally he was on a plane taxiing. From Greece, he would have gone on to Lebanon. It would have been an impossible thing to turn that plane around once it was in the air," Jenne said.
Hamze, who is originally from Lebanon, is accused of what's been described as road rage at its worst.
Investigators said Hamze dragged Hall for several miles through several cities after she became lodged underneath the white minivan he was driving. That van, investigators said, was the break in the case.
Police said the man who sold Hamze the minivan said Hamze contacted him after the incident.
Hamze's family, who lives in Coral Springs, had no comment. Others in the area expressed disgust.
"I don't think he's a human being to do something like that," said one neighbor.
Hamze could be transferred to BSO headquarters as early as today.
He will be charged with first-degree murder, Broward County Sheriff's spokesman Elliot Cohen said.
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