From Courier Journal: Three people were arrested in connection with a string of Friday and Saturday robberies and the shooting death of a Kentucky Derby visitor from Canada Saturday night, a police official said.
Lt. Todd Kessinger said the three — Tyrone Thomas, Fatima Abu-diab and Fahed Abu-diab — were charged with murder or complicity to commit murder and nine robberies over a several mile stretch of downtown Louisville. All three were Louisville residents.
“They were targeting people who were walking on the streets or through parking lots,” Kessinger said during a Monday news briefing at Louisville Metro Police Department headquarters.
Scott Hunter, 49, and a friend, both visitors from Toronto, Canada, were confronted as they walked toward their hotel on the 700 block of Phillips Lane after the Kentucky Derby.
Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:23 p.m. of multiple gunshot wounds, said Chief Deputy Coroner Jo-Ann Farmer.
Thomas allegedly fire multiple shots as a struggle ensued, Kessinger said. The three suspects were picked up by Metro Police within hours of the shooting.
Kessinger said detectives working the case were able to follow up leads from witnesses to the shooting as well as the other robberies that occurred during the Derby weekend.
Fahed Abu-diab lives in the 2300 block of Terrier Court. Fatima Abu-diab and Thomas live in the 4400 block of West Broadway. Fahed and Fatima are brother and sister, and Thomas is Fatima’s boyfriend.
Louisville Metro Police will work with victims’ advocates from the Canadian government as the investigation moves forward.