Arlington police announced Wednesday night that they arrested a suspect in a hit-and-run that badly injured a senior citizen.
Police said 25-year-old Omar Bashir Mohammed was caught at DFW Airport around 9:30 p.m., before the plane he was sitting on was scheduled to take off for London, then Jordan.
Mohammed is accused of hitting 73-year-old Terry Pinkston in the 2400 block of Ascension Blvd. in Arlington on Saturday morning.
A matter of minutes apparently made all the difference in Mohammed's capture.
Arlington investigators got help from U.S. Customs police Wednesday night when an alert on Mohammed got a hit, placing him on a passenger list for a flight departing DFW Airport.
Mohammed had boarded and was in his
seat before law enforcement officials caught up to him.
When federal and local officials realized the plane Mohammed was on had already left the gate, they notified airport tower control, had the plane taxi back in, went aboard, and pulled him from the flight.
Moments later, Pinkston got the news.
"He got choked up, and then he just said, ‘Good,'" said Pinkston's daughter, Shannon.
Before Mohammed's arrest, police found the blue sedan he was driving.
Three days after the hit-and-run, police say they got a 911 call from the girlfriend of a family member of the suspect, alerting them about Mohammed's damaged vehicle. She reportedly said that they would find the car at Mohammed's father's house on Slaughter Street in Arlington.
Court documents say Mohammed's father told detectives Mohammed lived at an apartment complex with his wife. The father also reportedly said that the car was parked in the driveway because Mohammed complained that it had a knock in the transmission.
According to the search warrant affidavit, a camera mounted outside the Verandah Cliffside Apartments, which is a block away from the crash location, captured the suspect driving out one minute before Pinkston was hit.
The affidavit also said, "…the driver of the vehicle matched the driver license photo for 'the suspect.'"
Police said "there was damage to the suspect's vehicle on the right side of the front bumper, a dent on the right side of the home of the vehicle, and vehicle undercarriage damage in the right front wheel well."
Mohammed works at a family auto body shop, and police believe he changed the windshield of the vehicle just hours after the incident, the documents state.
Workers there declined to talk to FOX 4.
New documents obtained by FOX 4 show an eerie similarity between Saturday's hit-and-run and a situation Mohammad was arrested for last year.
According to an arrest report, Mohammad was in the same blue Honda Civic last May when an officer wrote, "The vehicle appeared to have been parked over the edge of the curb as it appeared to be high centered or about to fall off intro the ditch".
Mohammad was arrested for public intoxication, and the officer said Mohammad admitted he was smoking K-2, an illegal synthetic drug.
Pinkston was wheeled out of JPS Hospital Wednesday in Fort Worth, and told media he was happy to be going home. He suffered broken ribs, a broken pelvis, three broken vertebrae and had to have his scalp stitched closed due to the hit-and-run.
"It's kind of been rough," he said. "You can't do anything without it hurting."
Pinkston will do rehab work from home with the help of his adult son. He's also looking forward to sleeping in his own bed and spending time with his dog, Rowdy.
Bill Komar, the Good Samaritan who stopped to help Pinkston, is still amazed that Pinkston was well enough to leave the hospital Wednesday.
"He was released from the hospital four days after this happened, so that's a strong man right there; a strong man," said Komar.
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