(EDMONTON, AB) – The Edmonton Police Services Homicide Section is still looking for 29-year-old Amin Yussuf, who remains wanted on Canada-wide warrants in connection to the shooting death of 26-year-old Abubeker Gemechu Abduraman, on March 24, 2019.
On March 24, 2019, the Edmonton Police Service responded to a weapons complaint at Xhale Lounge (8120 101 Street). Upon arrival, investigators located Abduraman deceased inside the lounge. Two other individuals were also shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting.
What Happened: In the early morning of Sunday, March 24, 2019, Amin Ali Yussuf was kicked out of the Xhale Lounge, a hookah bar located at 101 Street NW and 82 Avenue NW, in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona area. At approximately 1:30 a.m., Yussuf returned to the premises, firing several shots into the bar through a window.
Abubeker Gemechu Abduraman, 26, died from a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other patrons sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Abduraman had no criminal record. He was an Uber driver, helped poor families, and frequently sent money back to Ethiopia to support his family.
Amin Ali Yussuf is wanted by the Edmonton Police Service on a Canada-wide warrant for first degree murder and attempted murder. Yussuf is a dangerous criminal with numerous prior convictions, including aggravated assault, drug trafficking, weapons-related charges, resisting arrest, and attempting to escape the police. He has connections to Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Northwest Territories. He was born in Toronto, Ontario.
Anyone offering Yussuf assistance in evading arrest may be considered an accessory after the fact. Section 240 of the Criminal Code of Canada states that “every one who is an accessory after the fact to murder is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.”
Yussuf is wanted for first degree murder, attempted murder using a firearm (x2) and unauthorized possession of a firearm. He is also known by the following aliases: Abdirizak Yussuf, Craig Yussuf, Mohemed Yussuf, Mohemed Mohamed and Mohammed Farrah.
Yussuf has connections to Yellowknife and Hay River in the Northwest Territories, as well as Edmonton, Alberta; Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Toronto, Ontario. He is described as a black male, with brown eyes and black hair. He is six feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.
The EPS has partnered with the Bolo Program to complement police efforts in locating Yussuf. The Bolo Program amplifies police requests for public assistance on most wanted cases, focusing on the most serious criminal offences. In cooperation with the Crime Stoppers Association of Edmonton and Northern Alberta, the Bolo Program offers a reward up to CAD $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest of this suspect. This reward is only available until July 21, 2020.
Yussuf is considered armed and dangerous, and therefore should not be approached. Investigators are urging anyone with information regarding Yussuf’s whereabouts to contact the EPS directly at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.
Sources: EPS, Bolo Program