2nd shootout suspect arrested at O’Hare, trying to board flight to Turkey
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2nd shootout suspect arrested at O’Hare, trying to board flight to Turkey

It came down to minutes.

US marshals arrested Aden Abdullahi Jama, 20, of Reynoldsburg, around 12:45 pm Saturday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Jama had a ticket for a flight that was scheduled to leave at 12:35 pm Saturday for Turkey.

Jama is the second of two suspects in at least two Thursday robberies that led to a highway shootout that killed a third suspect and injured a Columbus police officer. US marshals arrested the other suspect, Fazsal M. Darod, 23, about 1:30 am Friday outside his home on East Weber Road in North Linden.

US Attorney Kenneth Parker announced the arrests and the impending filing of federal charges against Jama and Darod late Saturday afternoon during a news conference in Columbus.

“There is something called the long arm of the law, and it is proven today,” Parker said.

It is unknown whether Jama’s final destination was Turkey, which has an extradition treaty with the United States. Parker did not say whether or not Jama made it onto the plane before the marshals arrested him.

Both men will face federal charges of aiding and abetting a bank robbery, which carries a potential penalty up to 20 years in prison, and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during a violent crime, which carries a potential penalty of five years to life in prison, Parker said.

Darod remains at the Franklin County jail and will likely have his first hearing Monday in US District Court. Jama is being held in the Chicago area and will have an extradition hearing, likely on Monday, to start the process of bringing him back to Ohio for a trial.

Prosecutors will ask a judge to hold both suspects in jail without bond, Parker said. The federal court system does not have a traditional bond system in which cash bail is available.

The announcement of the arrest and charges came just hours after at least one of the suspects was originally expected to appear Saturday morning in Franklin County Municipal Court for an arrangement, but no such suspects were listed for an arrangement, according to online court documents.

The deadly Thursday shootout between Columbus police and three adult male suspects followed what police called a crime spree that started about 2:15 pm Thursday with the theft of a black Porsche Cayenne SUV from the Byers Imports Porsche Columbus dealership, 401 N. Hamilton Road, Whitehall.

It continued about 4 pm with an armed robbery, in which at least $90,000 was taken at gunpoint from Fifth Third Bank, 2455 Hilliard-Rome Road, on Columbus’ Far West Side.

Because the bank is federally insured, the robbery is a federal crime.

The subsequent shootout on Interstate 70 east, near the West Mound Street exit in South Franklinton, not only killed a third suspect and injured a Columbus police officer but also damaged at least one Columbus police cruiser and a passerby’s Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Additional charges could be filed locally, including felonious assault on a peace officer or attempted murder. Those charges would carry a maximum sentence of less than 20 years each.

Parker said the investigation remains active and ongoing.

“We also look at which jurisdiction has a bigger hammer,” he said. “If you fire at an officer … you may as well have assaulted an entire community of federal, state and local officers.”

The investigation will look at electronic devices such as phones, as well as potentially at people who may have helped Jama or Darod between Thursday afternoon and the times of their respective arrests.

Few new details about the investigation were released Saturday, although Columbus Assistant Police Chief Greg Bodker said damage to the SUV indicates that it is possible the Porsche also hit one of the highway medians at some point before or during the shootout.

The US Attorney’s Office also said authorities found two firearms in the scene: a Glock handgun with an extended magazine and a second semiautomatic handgun.

Neither Jama nor Darod has any criminal history in Franklin County as an adult.

The third suspect died at the scene of the shootout, and a Columbus police officer was shot high in the leg, critically wounded and taken to the Ohio Health Grant Medical Center by his partner.

Authorities have not disclosed the name of the third suspect nor the officer who was injured.

Columbus police said Friday they would not identify the injured officer or seven others involved in the shooting, citing Marsy’s Lawa state law aimed at protecting the victims of violent crimes.

Dispatch reporter Mark Ferenchik contributed to this report.

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