3 adults and one juvenile charged with murder of Exxon station owner
Thirty-Four hours after a local businessman headed to the bank for his night drop, three adults and one juvenile were charged with his murder and his body was recovered.
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has three adult males and one juvenile male in custody in connection with the disappearance and death of Mohammad Hashemi, the owner of the Exxon station located at the intersection of I-45 and FM-879, in Ellis County.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call that Mr. Hashemi had not been seen or heard from after he left his station during the evening of April 18, 2010, to make the night drop at a local area bank. Within a couple of hours after he was last seen, another call came to the Sheriff’s Office regarding a vehicle on fire on Ensign Road, outside of Ennis, Texas. When deputies arrived on the scene they found the burned vehicle belonging to Mr. Hashemi.
With the assistance of the Ennis Police Department, Garrett P.D., and the Texas Game Warden, the Sheriff’s Office conducted an air and ground search of the most likely roads to have been taken from where Mr. Hashemi was last seen to where his burned vehicle was located. As law enforcement began to piece some leads together the names of the suspects were developed and warrants were issued.
Deputies learned of a few places the suspects might be staying and set up surveillance. With the valued assistance of the Irving Police Department, and back up units provided by Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, three of the suspects were arrested on Highway 183 after leaving an apartment complex. A fourth suspect was arrested in Ellis County.
Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown praised the cooperative effort of the multiple law enforcement agencies that assisted in one way or another with the investigative effort. Sheriff Brown said, “If the citizens could see how area law enforcement comes together when help is needed they would be very proud of them. The Ennis Police Department sent their whole investigative unit out to help search. The Garret Police Chief dropped what he was doing to come and help look. Our local Game Warden was out the majority of the day with us. Even our County Engineer’s Office provided us with enlarged satellite maps to assist with the search.”
“When a lead developed that required some of my guys to go to Irving, the Irving Police Gang Unit dropped what they were doing to help my guys with surveillance. When the suspects got onto Highway 183, Irving Police and Dallas County Sheriff Deputies provided back-up units.”
“I especially want to say how proud I am of my people. We started this investigation early Monday morning and many of them have not been home since it began. They have stayed with me working straight through day and night. None of them complain. They see something that needs to be done and they go follow up on it.” “Additionally, the family of Mr. Hashemi has been very helpful. I appreciate their patience with us.”
The body was ordered to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office by Ellis County Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller Jr. for an autopsy.
Names of the arrested will not be released until after a magistrate has properly warned them and set their bonds.