WHNT Exclusive: Man Who Spotted, ID’d Memon Recalls Capture
The man who spotted a fugitive teen accused of killing his middle school classmate talked exclusively with WHNT News 19 Sunday, giving an eyewitness account of the moments leading up to Hammad Memon’s capture and arrest.
The security guard who was working outside the Dallas Greyhound Bus Terminal last Friday said he would only talk about what happened if we did not reveal his identity.
The security guard said he and his partner had just received a photo bulletin from law enforcement indicating that a teenage fugitive charged with murder in Alabama was likely nearby. The guard told us that just minutes later, Memon and his mother, Safia Memon, walked right past him and into the Greyhound bus terminal. The man said he instantly recognized the accused killer despite a ballcap Memon was wearing.
The eyewitness then said his partner confirmed the identities by checking a bus ticket belonging to Safia Memon. When they saw her name, they let the family continue into the terminal and immediately called the police.
“No sooner did he walk past and I looked and said ‘That’s him”, said the security guard. “We were standing there looking at his picture, and he actually literally walked right past us along with his mother…We made the positive ID, and we kept visual identification until the police arrived. The security guard I was with actually escorted the police in and showed them where he was standing, and where the mother was sitting on the benches.”
Authorities said Memon attempted to run away once police closed in, but he didn’t get far. Detectives revealed that the teen was captured in a restroom roughly four blocks away from the bus station. They also said they were able to pinpoint the Memon family’s location by tracking a cellphone Safia Memon had been using. The security guard said he did not notice the final destination on the bus ticket.
Early Friday a Madison County judge revoked Memon’s bond and issued an arrest warrant for the 16-year-old. A mail carrier told authorities Memon’s family received a package that appeared to contain a Pakistani passport. The Memon family has dual citizenship in the United States and Pakistan.
Memon is charged with killing classmate Todd Brown at Discovery Middle School in February of 2010.