A 29-year-old man who allegedly buried two dismembered bodies in Buena Vista last year was indicted today by a state grand jury, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today.
Yusuf Ibrahim, of Jersey City, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and 14 other crimes related to the murder and mutilation of Hany Tawadros, 25, and Amgad Konds, 27 in the early morning hours of Feb. 5, 2013.
Ibrahim allegedly shot the men in Jersey City and transported their bodies in Konds' vehicle to Buena Vista, where he disposed of their remains in a wooded area behind a relatives home after stealing the victims' money and jewelry. He allegedly cut off their heads and hands using a small drywall saw and scissors and knocked their teeth out with a tire iron. He is also alleged to have later set the transport vehicle on fire after abandoning it in a secluded area of Philadelphia.
“This indictment is another step in securing justice for the victims, whose young lives were ended in such a brutal fashion,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said.
The bodies were discovered by State Police on Feb. 8 after they received a report of suspicious activities there. The victims' heads and hands were found buried about 40 yards from the bodies.
Ibrahim was indicted last month in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Jersey City on Sept. 19, and is also charged with first-degree carjacking and armed robbery related to a carjacking in Jersey City in Dec. 2011.
The first-degree murder charges carry a sentence of 30 years without parole to life in state prison.
Ibrahim will be arraigned before Superior court Judge Mary C. Jacobson at a later date.