- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2007

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A convicted bank robber charged with killing two armored car guards had spotted the vehicle on the road and followed it to an automated teller machine, where he shot them as they serviced the cash machine, a homicide detective said yesterday.

Mustafa Ali, 36, of Philadelphia, executed the two retired Philadelphia police officers without saying a word, police have said.

“He follows the truck, he sees an opportunity and he takes it,” said the detective, who worked on the case but requested anonymity because he is not a supervisor and is not authorized to comment publicly.

Mr. Ali owned the dark Acura used in the heist, although the FBI had not been able to glean the license plate number from the surveillance film, the detective said.

Mr. Ali became a suspect, based on tips called in from the public. Commissioner Sylvester Johnson thanked the public for its help.

“Within an hour, we started getting information from citizens,” Commissioner Johnson said yesterday. Mr. Ali “will never walk the streets, hopefully, again in his lifetime.”

Mr. Ali previously served seven years in federal prison for bank robbery, the unidentified detective said. He appears to have acted alone, police said.

Mr. Ali was scheduled to be arraigned during the weekend and likely will be ineligible for bail.

He was arrested on an unrelated charge Friday afternoon and later charged with two counts of murder and robbery, a firearms violation and other acts after he made a statement.

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