Release of Suspect in Suitcase Body-Parts Killing "a Shame," Father of Missing Man Says - NBC Bay Area

Release of Suspect in Suitcase Body-Parts Killing "a Shame," Father of Missing Man Says

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    Father of Missing Man Says Release of Suspect in Body Parts Case "A Shame"

    The father of a missing Vallejo man said it is a shame the suspect in the grisly case of a dismembered body found in a suitcase in San Francisco was let out of jail. Mark Matthews reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015)

    The father of a missing Vallejo man said it is "a shame" a person once considered of interest in the grisly case of a dismembered body found in a suitcase in San Francisco was let out of jail.

    Ali Shahwan's son, Omar, has been missing and he fears it is his son's torso that was found in a suitcase left in a downtown San Francisco street last week. According to a source cited in the San Francisco Chronicle, police are using DNA evidence to confirm, or rule out, that the victim is the 58-year-old Shahwan, who lives in Vallejo, but often spent time with Mark Andrus in San Francisco.

    Andrus was arrested on Friday as a "person of interest" in the case, but released from jail on Tuesday night after the San Francisco District Attorney said there was "insufficient evidence"

    "I believe it's a shame to let a criminal like that be free on the streets of San Francisco," Shahwan said through his closed front door.  "You know they've got evidence. They found my son's ID with them and then he was pulling the suitcase."

    Insufficient Evidence in SF Body Parts Case: DA

    [BAY] Insufficient Evidence in SF Body Parts Case: DA
    The San Francisco District Attorney's Office said on Tuesday there is insufficient evidence to charge a 59-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in the grisly case of a dismembered body found in a suitcase on a downtown street. Jean Elle reports.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015)

    Shahwan said his son lived with Andrus at a San Francisco hotel for two years between 2008 and 2010. According the to Chronicle, city records show Andrus and Shawan lived together in 2010 in the Krupa Hotel and filed lawsuits after apparently fearing eviction.

    Reports said Omar Shahwan was last seen by his family on Jan. 21 and that he took public transportation to San Francisco.

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