PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection with the violent murder of a 25-year-old man in Southwest Portland earlier this year.
Ahmad N. Alkalali, 27, is charged with one count each of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. Alkalali is accused of destroying and concealing the machete that was used to kill Charles A. Weber, court documents state.
A .45 caliber handgun was also used in the killing that police described as “particularly violent.”
Weber was found dead March 9 in a fourplex located in the 2200 block of Southwest Dolph Court. An autopsy determined he died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Homicide detectives have since arrested four co-conspirators: Hussein Haidar, Mahmoud Moustafa, Clifton Carey and Omar Ibrahim.
Haidar, Moustafa, and Carey were each indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury on charges that include aggravated murder, murder, unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, burglary, robbery and first-degree assault.
The grand jury chose not to indict Ibrahim on the aggravated murder charges. Investigators refused to release the reason, citing the ongoing investigation. Ibrahim is also charged with murder, unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, burglary, robbery and first-degree assault.
Investigators have classified Alkalali and the other four suspects as friends. Sources familiar with the investigation said the motive to the killing may have been drug related.
Specific details of the murder have not been released; search warrants and probable cause affidavits remain sealed.
According to court records, 17 people testified before the grand jury, which issued its indictment on the five suspects on April 29.
All four murder suspects will appear in court on June 18 for a hearing.
Alkalali was arrested Monday afternoon by detectives in the 200-block of Southeast 136th Avenue. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, and a judge has granted the prosecutor’s request to increase bail to $3 million.
According to records, Alkalali is scheduled to be in Polk County Court April 22 for trial on separate charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants. The details of that case were not immediately available.
Alkalali was arraigned Tuesday morning. A court-appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. He is due back in court June 25.
— Brent Weisberg