Rahmad Parke, a 25-year-old California man and suspect in the Fresno murders of his mother and grandfather, is at large, police believe.
According to local reports, investigators suspect Parke killed his mother, 58-year-old Melba Abdelaziz and his 90-year-old grandfather Mel Abdelaziz. The pair were found dead at their Fresno home late last week.
Parke has not been seen since. He is described as 5-foot-10, weighing 185 pounds with a shaved head and a beard.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said the 25-year-old lives “transiently” and frequents Los Angeles, some 200 miles to the south.
Fresno Murders Spark Manhunt
Police said they received a call last Thursday about an “injured person” on the front lawn of a home in the the 5100 block of East Tulare Avenue in Fresno last Thursday.
On arrival, they found 90-year-old Mel Abdelaziz, a retired church pastor, dead on the front lawn. His daughter Melba was found deceased inside the home. No cause of death is known for either victim, and the extent of their physical trauma was not detailed in police statements.
“The two lived together as she [Melba] was providing medical care for her aging father [Mel] who had served 70 years as a church pastor,” the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“During the course of the investigation, detectives determined Rahmad Parke was responsible for killing these two people who were his mother and grandfather,” authorities added.
Detectives believe Parke fled the home shortly after the killings, and his whereabouts remain unknown. Police have not said what evidence apparently tied Parke to the killings, and have not given a suspected motive for his alleged crime.
Rahmad Parke Believed to be at Large
Officials said Parke is still at large, and could be evading police capture in southern California, where he is known to frequent and has connections.
“He may be transient and is known to frequent the City of Fresno and Los Angeles County, specifically the communities of Santa Monica, Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks,” the Fresno Sheriff’s office said.
That stretch of California — spanning from the state’s Central Valley to its southern coast — covers hundreds of miles and is very densely populated, which will undoubtedly complicate search efforts by state and local authorities in the days to come.
Police are seeking the public’s help in arresting Parke, who is believed to be potentially dangerous. Central Valley Crime Stoppers are offering a $3,000 cash reward for information that leads to his capture, and anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 and not to approach the accused killer.
Detectives have not said if they suspect Parke is armed.
He is 25 and described as a Black man, with short black hair and brown eyes, measuring 5-foot-10 and weighing about 185 pounds. He previously had facial hair but may have shaved it to change his appearance, police said.
The Fresno Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information on Rahmad Parke’s whereabouts to assist in their criminal investigation by calling Detective Jose Diaz at (559) 600-8204 or (559) 448-7089, or submitting a tip at (559) 498-7867 or www.valleycrimestoppers.org with case reference number 22-204. All those with tips are entitled to anonymity under state law.