Victim, suspect identified in stabbing death at Eubank and Lomas
Stefan Dill and Joy Wang
March 20, 2017 06:36 PM
Police have identified the suspect and have also released the name of the victim in a Sunday night fatal stabbing outside the Circle K convenience store at Lomas and Eubank boulevards.
Police say officers responded around 7:35 p.m. Sunday to reports that two men were fighting at the store.
Somehow that fight moved into the street.
When officers arrived, they found a body, later identified as Aaron Sieben, 30, on the westbound lane of Lomas right before Eubank.
"It was a disturbance call that it came out and as we arrived on the scene, we found a male in the street," said APD officer Simon Drobik. "We had a couple of witnesses give us a good description of who the offender was that caused harm to this male, and that's how it unfolded."
Witnesses told police the incident began in the Circle K parking lot, where they observed Sieben sitting in the driver's seat of a gray GMC truck and the suspect, later identified as Muhammad Ameer, standing outside the truck. Police said that according to witnesses, when Ameer started to leave the area of the truck, Sieben got out and told the witnesses to “Get that mother *****!” and then pursued Ameer east along the sidewalk behind the store.
Witnesses told police the two men were involved in a physical altercation that moved into the street at which time Ameer pulled out a large knife. Witnesses told police that Sieben attempted to retreat from Ameer with his hands in the air and that Ameer advanced on Sieben and stabbed him two to three times. Ameer then took the victim's wallet before running from the scene, according to witnesses.
Police arrested Ameer about five blocks south of the Circle K.
According to police, Ameer has been booked into MDC and is currently being held on an open count of murder with a deadly weapon and robbery. Police said Ameer is from Flint, Michigan and police said they don't know if Ameer had moved to the area or was passing through.
Sieben's family described him as an ace mechanic and handyman always willing to help out when needed, especially when it came to cars.
"Anything I needed around the house, whether it be plumbing, electrical," said Sieben's grandfather, Douglas Sieben. "He's a handyman at everything. He'd come and do it for me."
The family got the news of Sieben's death Monday morning. He left behind a 4-year-old daughter and a girlfriend. Relatives said he was the sole provider for the family.
"When I got the phone call, I wasn't sure what to think. And when the phone rings that time in the morning, it's usually bad news," said his aunt, Annette Sieben. "And unfortunately for us, it's the worst kind of news possible for Aaron."
Police said the case is still actively being worked by the Violent Crimes Unit to determine the motive and further details.
A memorial fund had been set up at Wells Fargo. It's called the Aaron Sieben Benefit Memorial Fund and the account number is 2672074016.
Stefan Dill and Joy Wang
Updated: March 20, 2017 06:36 PM
Created: March 20, 2017 01:09 PM
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