ARLINGTON –– A man accused in Saturday’s Arlington hit-and-run accident told his father that he needed to drive his car because he was having car trouble, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by News 8.
Omar Bashir Mohammed’s father said his son claimed the blue Honda Civic had a “knock in the transmission.” He told police that his son had been driving his car for several days, that his son works as a mechanic and as a result “has access to repair damage(d) car parts with more ease than an average person.”
Mohammed, 25, was captured Wednesday at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on a plane bound for Jordan. Police had notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection that he was a suspect and a flight risk.
He is currently being held in the Arlington city jail on a charge of failure to stop and render aid in the accident that nearly killed 73-year-old Terry Pinkston. A bond was set but later revoked due to his alleged attempt to flee the country.
The news of Mohammad’s arrest came hours after police said they had identified a "person of interest" in the case and located the car believed used in the vehicular assault.
Authorities say a car left the road and struck Pinkston on the sidewalk about 7:35 a.m. Saturday in the 2400 block of Ascension Boulevard.
A witness told police that Pinkston was “bleeding from the head and was unable to stand due to other injuries to his body.” Pinkston suffered several broken vertebrae, a broken pelvis and it took more than 20 stitches to reattach his scalp, the records state.
The documents state that police received an anonymous tip on Tuesday from a woman who said she had seen a blue Honda Civic with a damaged windshield on Saturday and that it had been repaired by that afternoon. She said it was being stored at a home in the 200 block of Slaughter Street, which is the home of Mohammed’s father.
“The tipster advised that when her boyfriend saw the news coverage of the incident on television that he began to act concerned due to the fact that the suspect is the boyfriend’s relative,” the records state.
Authorities located the car at the address and saw “glass fragments around the windshield area of the car,” the records state. Police also saw “a dent on the right side of the hood consistent with the accident” and “undercarriage damage near the area of the right front tire of the vehicle.”
The records note Pinkston had a “puncture wound to his right calf that was consistent with the size and height from the ground of the screws that were used to attach the license plate to the bumper.”
Mohammed lives in an apartment complex on Green Oaks in North Arlington. Ascension Boulevard dead-ends into the complex's entrance and exit.
Pinkston was struck about 100 yards from the complex's exit. Court records say says surveillance video from security cameras shows the blue Honda Civic leaving the complex at 7:34 a.m. Saturday. The crash was reported to police at 7:35 a.m.
Pinkston was released from John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth on Wednesday with stitches, bandages, and visible.
"You can't do anything without it hurting," he said as he emerged from the hospital. "Too many things wrong and broken and cracked, no way to get comfortable."