Yaser Said married Patricia “Tissie” Owens in 1987, he was 30 she was 15, from the start Yaser Said was always obsessed with young females. Tissie’s sister, aunts and cousins believed Yaser was wedding Tissie to stay in America. His visa was about to expire, and they had known each other only a week. Yaser Said later received permanent residency. After the ceremony, Gail Gartrell says, several Arabic men approached American women in the parking lot and asked if they were interested in marriage.
Yaser Said struggled financially, still driving a taxi 20 years after immigrating to America, while his three immigrant brothers thrived. As his marriage fell apart, Yaser Said believed Tissie was conspiring against him, interfering with his business, stealing his money and poisoning his food, according to one of his brothers and an employer. Paranoia made Yaser believe people were following him, watching him. Yaser Said had no secondary education and few skills.
On October 24, 1998, Tissie Said called a Hill County Sheriff’s deputy to say her daughters told their American grandmother, who lived in Garland, that their father, Yaser Said had been sexually molesting his daughters for two or three years. Tissie had left the girls with Gail Gartrell while she and her sister Connie Moggio went to the Hill County Sheriff’s Department to file a report that Yaser Said had sexually abused both daughters. Two deputies then conducted a taped interview with Amina Said, who, in very graphic language for a child, described how her father had touched her, made her touch him, and that her father had “put his front part in her front part.” Amina said that “she is afraid of her father…afraid he will hit her.” In an interview with Sarah, the 8-year-old told deputies about her father’s allged sexual molestation and said she was afraid of “her dad and his brothers…scared they will take her.”
In Dallas County, Yaser Said was charged with felony “retaliation” after Tissie filed a complaint alleging he threatened to kill her and take the children after Yaser Said was being indicted on December 17, 1998, for “sexual penetration” of both girls. But the charges were dropped on January 12, 1999, when Amina and Sarah recanted, saying they had lied about the abuse because they didn’t like their school. Yaser was not arrested for alleged retaliation until March 22, 2001. That charge was also dismissed after Tissie refused to cooperate with prosecutors and Yaser agreed to take an anger-management course.Tissie and Yaser eked out an existence in Lewisville TX with the help of a monthly disability check that began after Islam was diagnosed as “mentally retarded.” At age 14, he dropped out to be home-schooled by his mother. The disability check paid the rent, Yaser Said worked nights as a taxi driver for cash under the table.
Jack Beasley, manager at Yellow/Jet Cab, says that Yaser Said had been fired in August 2003. The company banned Yaser Said from future cab leasing because customers complained that he was “crazy,” Beasley says. “Other cab companies would not hire him because nobody wanted to work with him anymore.
King Cab owner Massoud Nasseri was an exception, and he continued to provide Yaser Said work (see cab in driveway above). Nasseri, who came to the United States in the 1970s from Iran, says Yaser worked long hours, but would not leave the house unless Islam was there to make sure the girls stayed home at night. He worked the graveyard shift six or seven days a week. He wasn’t a sissy man,” Nasseri says. “He worked night clubs, and he knew the danger of driving at night. Yaser Said was a taxi driver anytime, anywhere.
In the summer of 2007, both sisters got jobs at a Kroger Kwik Stop a few blocks from their home, where Tissie had been working for about five months, all the women in the Said family were now working. Yaser Said allowed his wife and unmarried daughters to work, for a Muslim man those are “shameful acts.” In the Koran, the male must support his family. Something was seriously wrong in this family.
From the time they were little, Yaser told his daughters they were to have no American boyfriends, ever. Yaser and Islam kept strict watch over the girls to ensure they didn’t disobey his command. On December 26th 2007, Tissie, her daughters and their boyfriends fled heading to Aunt Jill’s house in Attica Kansas. Amina Said’s brother Islam had told their father Yaser that Sarah also had a boyfriend, and Yaser threatened to kill her too with a 9mm pistol.
Yaser’s culture taught that a father’s duty, his highest responsibility, was to see his children wed into good households. Bonds with well-to-do Egyptian families would secure his good name, his future success and care in his old age. Now his daughters—sheltered and modest but thoroughly American—were turning their backs on their father’s plans.
A week before Christmas 2007, Yaser Said dropped his leased taxi off at the King Cab body shop in Deep Ellum, leaving without paying back fees of $700 or $800. King Cab owner Nasseri didn’t worry. Yaser, who had leased taxis from him for about seven years, usually traveled to Egypt over the slow holiday period. He made up the deficit when he returned.
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The Yaser Said handwriting sample seen above was filled out during a missing person report filed by him with the Lewisville Police Department on 12/26/2007, just 6 days before he murdered his daughters, the girls and the mother had moved out and at this point and would not return as Yaser Said had threatened to harm the girls, unfortunately they did come back.
On January 1st, 2008 Patricia “Tissie” Said had brought her two daughters back to the Said house in Lewisville TX. Amina Said had only been home only minutes when her father, Yaser Said, had hustled both girls into his taxi. Yaser Said had confronted Sarah and asked if she was having sex with her boyfriend. She said yes.
Yaser Said shot and killed both girls on January 1st, 2008 and fled Irving Texas, a source with the American Embassy in Cairo says Yaser Said has not entered Egypt on his own passport, there have been no hits on Yaser Said leaving the USA, so where is he. Yaser Said had been very close to his 3 brothers, one of the brothers owns property in Westchester County NY, just north of Metro NYC.
Texas ‘honor killing’ suspect Yaser Said could be hiding in plain sight as NYC Taxi Driver ..Fox News – May 30, 2012 The Egyptian-born cab driver suspected in the 2008 “honor killing” of his two daughters in Texas because they were dating non-Muslim boys may be working at his old trade in New York, according to private investigator Bill Warner who has tracked him.
Yaser Said could easily rent a licensed car under the table or simply use his own vehicle to pick up fares illicitly, according to Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Foundation of Taxi Drivers. “There are 10,000 illegal CAB drivers in New York City,” Mateo said. “It’s as easy as getting in your car and driving to the airport or picking up illegal street hails. Yaser Said would work places other Taxi Drivers wouldn’t work, anytime, anywhere and always with a gun in his cab, so Where’s Yaser?
From Fox News, May 30th, 2012: “Arrest mother as accomplice in Texas honor killing“. Now, the great-aunt, Jill Abplanalp, has launched a petition on http://www.change.org/ imploring the authorities to arrest Patricia “Tissie” Said, the mother of Amina and Sarah. She wants “justice” for the murdered girls. She wants their mother, “Tissie,” tried as an accomplice she seems to be. READ MORE CLICK HERE.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com