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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

Murder in the Beach Parking Lot: Mohamed Abou-Arabi, 22, Extradited From Dearborn MI to Face Murder Charges in Santa Monica

Murder Suspect Extradited from Michigan For Killing a Male Friend in Parking Lot 1 by the Santa Monica Pier


January 23, 2023

Murder in parking lot one

A body was found in parking lot 1 on November 2, 2022, at 2:43 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), writes Lt. Rudy Flores. They discovered he had been stabbed by a friend. Almost three months later, a suspect was arrested in Michigan. Here is the press release:

Officers were dispatched to the Lot 1 North Parking Lot at 1550 Pacific Coast Highway to check the status of a male inside a vehicle that appeared to be deceased. When officers arrived on scene, they confirmed the subject to be deceased with stab wounds to his upper body.


Mohamed Abou-Arabi Extradited From Dearborn MI to Face Murder Charges in Santa Monica

SMPD Robbery and Homicide Detectives were assigned the case. Further investigation revealed the suspect to be Mohamed Abou-Arabi, a 22-year-old male from Michigan, who is known to the victim. After the homicide, Abou-Arabi fled back to his home in Dearborn, MI. SMPD Detectives worked in conjunction with the Dearborn Police Department to obtain additional evidence connecting Abou-Arabi as the suspect in this homicide. The evidence was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office – Airport Court and a felony complaint for extradition arrest warrant was filed for Abou-Arabi.

SMPD Detectives responded to Dearborn, MI, and worked with the Dearborn Police Department and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force to arrest Abou-Arabi. A search warrant was served at his home where additional evidence was collected. Abou-Arabi was extradited from Michigan to California on January 18, 2023, and he was booked at the SMPD Jail for 187(a) PC - Murder.

Anyone with any additional information pertaining to this subject or incident is strongly encouraged to contact SMPD Detective David Chabot at 310-458- 2201 ext. 6679, Sgt. Ryan Gradle at 310-458- 8418 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426. -- Lt Rudy Flores


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