Khudhair Hamdan never could have expected that meeting the potential buyers he connected with through a social media app would end in tragedy.
On Tuesday, the 55-year-old Texan agreed to take an evening test drive with two individuals who expressed interest in buying a family member’s car. During the drive, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot Hamdan. The pair fled with the car and left the victim to collapse on the road.
Oak Farms Dairy, a business in Arlington, has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
Surveillance cameras caught the men walking away from the car they had just abandoned, and the vehicle was later found behind a nearby shopping center. Police are working to identify those responsible and are asking anyone with any pertinent information to call the department.
The death of Khudhair Hamdan is a tragic reminder of the potential dangers associated with meeting strangers online.
To minimize the risk of such an incident occurring, community members are encouraged to connect with buyers or sellers through safe exchange zones at each one of the department’s four patrol stations, especially if the parties do not know each other.
Additionally, it is advised to meet in public places, bring a friend or family member, and trust one’s instincts when it comes to suspect behavior.