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Neighbor, other man charged in slaying of Jersey City family
PhillyBurbs ^

Posted on 03/04/2005 2:14:06 PM PST by Selkie

By WAYNE PARRY The Associated Press

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The upstairs neighbor of an Egyptian Christian family found slain in their home in January was charged Friday, along with another man, in the murders.

Edward McDonald, 25, who rented a second-floor apartment above Hossam Armanious and his family, pleaded not guilty to four counts of felony murder. Hamilton Sanchez, 30, faces the same charges and also pleaded not guilty.

Sanchez during a court hearing began crying as he stood before a judge, his hands cuffed behind his back.

"I didn't kill nobody. I didn't kill nobody, man. I didn't kill nobody, people," Sanchez said, as he was led from the courtroom. McDonald stared at the floor during the hearing.

Both men, who were on parole for different drug offenses, were ordered held on $10 million cash bail.

Authorities said Armanious, 47; his wife, Amal Garas, 37, and their children - Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8 - were slain three days before their bodies were found Jan. 14.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; armanious; copticchristian; cryingwolf; filthysanchez; hossamarmanious; islam; jerseycity; murder; muslim; robbery
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To: Selkie
No problem.

Robert Spencer will just invent some new "Muslim outrage" to post on Jihadwatch for his sheep.

That's what keeps them happy and buying books.

41 posted on 03/04/2005 3:16:11 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Jewell was never arrested or charged with anything, hence not that great of a parallel.


42 posted on 03/04/2005 3:18:12 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Shermy

Their wrists were also stabbed, so that disturbed many in the Coptic community.


43 posted on 03/04/2005 3:19:16 PM PST by Selkie
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To: Shermy

Silencer ?


44 posted on 03/04/2005 3:20:28 PM PST by Selkie
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To: Shermy

You forget that the Koranic injunction is 'strike at the necks of the infidels' not 'behead the infidels'. Theo vanGogh's murderer slit his throat, then stabbed him without bothering to try beheading him.


45 posted on 03/04/2005 3:21:02 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will understand. . .)
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To: Selkie

Is there a special significance to the wrists?


46 posted on 03/04/2005 3:21:54 PM PST by Shermy
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To: All
Alledged killers. Video here: http://www.wnbc.com/news/4252691/detail.html
47 posted on 03/04/2005 3:22:41 PM PST by Selkie
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To: Shermy

Because two of the family members had cross tats on their wrists.
I dont know for certain if there is also a muslim ritualistic killing significance or not.


48 posted on 03/04/2005 3:24:16 PM PST by Selkie
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To: Selkie

http://1010wins.com/topstories/local_story_063073525.html

(1010 WINS) (JERSEY CITY) The upstairs neighbor of an Egyptian Christian family found slain in their home in January was charged Friday, along with another man, in the murders.

Edward McDonald, 25, who rented a second-floor apartment above Hossam Armanious and his family, pleaded not guilty to four counts of felony murder. Hamilton Sanchez, 30, faces the same charges and also pleaded not guilty.

Sanchez during a court hearing began crying as he stood before a judge, his hands cuffed behind his back.

"I didn't kill nobody. I didn't kill nobody, man. I didn't kill nobody, people," Sanchez said, as he was led from the courtroom. McDonald stared at the floor during the hearing.

Both men, who were on parole for different drug offenses, were ordered held on $10 million cash bail.

Authorities said Armanious, 47; his wife, Amal Garas, 37, and their children -- Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8 -- were slain three days before their bodies were found Jan. 14.

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said the killings took place in the course of a robbery by the two men, who owed a large sum of money to a person whom DeFazio would not identify.

Police went to the Armanious home after relatives were unable to contact the family for several days. All four victims were found bound and gagged with puncture wounds to their throats.

DeFazio said that during the robbery Monica Armanious had managed to loosen the bonds with which she was bound and gagged and recognized McDonald as the upstairs tenant. McDonald killed her out of fear of being identified and Sanchez killed the other three people, DeFazio said.

McDonald was taken into custody Thursday and charged later that night. Sanchez was arrested Thursday night and charged Friday.

Developments in the slayings had intensified in recent days as authorities revealed that thousands of dollars had been withdrawn from Armanious' bank account using his ATM card in the days after the slayings.

McDonald's aunt, who would only identify herself by her first name, Marie, told The Star-Ledger of Newark that he was not involved in the slayings.

"He's innocent," she said in Friday's newspapers. "He's not that kind of person."

The slayings created tension between Christians and Muslims here and in northern New Jersey. The Armaniouses were Coptic Christians, and Hossam Armanious frequented Internet chat rooms, posting opinions under the user name "I Love Jesus."

Friends of the family speculated that he might have angered Muslims with those online posts, and many Coptics in New Jersey and elsewhere blamed Islamic extremists for the killings.

"I'd like to make one thing perfectly clear: The motive for these murders was robbery. This was a crime based on greed, the desperate need of money," DeFazio said.


49 posted on 03/04/2005 3:24:22 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: The_Reader_David

I can tell you this, if they had been beheaded, which the world became familiar with Iraqi jihadi videos, yeah, I might have figured it religious. But murderers stabbing necks is nothing unique in American crime.


50 posted on 03/04/2005 3:26:47 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Selkie

The killers haven't been caught. It's a cover-up in progress. The pols and LEOs are handing-off the the blame to non-islamics for the beheadings. They're afraid for their families' safety.

This crap is just starting. Get ready; it's going to be a *bumpy ride*, S.


51 posted on 03/04/2005 3:31:18 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( Veni Vidi Vino Visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: newgeezer

Orinary robbers are not heinous throat slashers like these.
I am not saying that I believe this, for it is too Islamic for me to believe.


52 posted on 03/04/2005 3:35:11 PM PST by tessalu
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To: jpl
it's possible that these dirtbags got in there after they were killed by someone else, and decided to take advantage and steal their ATM card

That's a possibility. The arrests just don't pass the smell test. It's known this guy is preaching the Lord and angering the muzzle'ems. The family is tied up and their THROATS SLIT including the children. Just doesn't sound like a couple junkies. Just doesn't.

53 posted on 03/04/2005 3:35:55 PM PST by johnb838 ("You Have Ruled, Now Let Us See You Enforce" Need some wood?)
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To: Calpernia; Selkie; rwfromkansas

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/104-03042005-458646.html


"...DeFazio gave the following account of the killings: On the evening of Jan. 11, McDonald waited on the front porch of the two-story house for Sanchez to arrive. When he got there at about 7:30, McDonald knocked on the door and Garas opened it. Wearing a mask to hide his face, McDonald pushed his way into the ground-floor apartment, where he and Sanchez subdued the mother and her two girls, tying them up and covering their mouths with tape.

They remained bound that way for more than two hours until Hossam Armanious returned home between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. from his job with the banquet department of the Westin Princeton Hotel. As he entered the house, Monica managed to loosen the rope that bound her hands, and removed the tape from her mouth.

She recognized McDonald as the upstairs tenant of about two months, and he killed her, fearing she would be able to identify him to police, DeFazio said.

"From there, tragically, the situation spiraled out of control," he said. Sanchez then killed the father, mother and older sister by stabbing each repeatedly in the head, neck and body, the prosecutor said.

McDonald, who paid $975 a month to rent the upstairs apartment from Armanious, was questioned the day the bodies were found, but was not charged. He and Sanchez discussed robbing the family well in advance, thinking they had access to a large sum of money, DeFazio said.

McDonald was on parole following a conviction for possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute, Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Rivoli said in court. Sanchez was on parole for a 1995 conviction on charges of conspiring to import "significant amounts" of heroin and cocaine into the country, Rivoli said.

The arrests were welcomed by Christian and Muslim groups who said they were deeply hurt by the tension the killings - and speculation about the motive behind them - had caused.

"Everybody is relieved that there is no religious implication behind it," said Maged Riad, a spokesman for the worldwide head of the Coptic Church, Pope Shenouda. "Just for money, four lives were wasted. It's sad to think that the human race has devolved to this point."


54 posted on 03/04/2005 3:35:57 PM PST by Shermy
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Funny this was the only thing taken. And how do they know the little girl was tortured to extract the passcode, I assume from the parents?

But the fact that they WAS "stayin'" upstairs lends cred to the idea that they killed them rather than leave them tied up, because they knew they'd be around.


55 posted on 03/04/2005 3:38:52 PM PST by johnb838 ("You Have Ruled, Now Let Us See You Enforce" Need some wood?)
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To: Selkie

Are they WHITE? This stinks real bad.


56 posted on 03/04/2005 3:43:57 PM PST by johnb838 ("You Have Ruled, Now Let Us See You Enforce" Need some wood?)
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To: Shermy

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/104-03042005-458646.html


"...DeFazio gave the following account of the killings: On the evening of Jan. 11, McDonald waited on the front porch of the two-story house for Sanchez to arrive. When he got there at about 7:30, McDonald knocked on the door and Garas opened it. Wearing a mask to hide his face, McDonald pushed his way into the ground-floor apartment, where he and Sanchez subdued the mother and her two girls, tying them up and covering their mouths with tape.

They remained bound that way for more than two hours until Hossam Armanious returned home between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. from his job with the banquet department of the Westin Princeton Hotel. As he entered the house, Monica managed to loosen the rope that bound her hands, and removed the tape from her mouth.

She recognized McDonald as the upstairs tenant of about two months, and he killed her, fearing she would be able to identify him to police, DeFazio said.

"From there, tragically, the situation spiraled out of control," he said. Sanchez then killed the father, mother and older sister by stabbing each repeatedly in the head, neck and body, the prosecutor said. >>>

****I wonder at what point did the alledged killers obtain the pin numbers ?


57 posted on 03/04/2005 3:47:06 PM PST by Selkie
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To: johnb838

Where did you get the weird idea of throats being slit somehow being invented, and solely used by Muslims?


58 posted on 03/04/2005 3:48:29 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: 7.62 x 51mm
Get ready; it's going to be a *bumpy ride*, S.

Bumpy ride will be people such as yourself grasping at straws for the crime to fit your hopes.

59 posted on 03/04/2005 3:49:31 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: All

I wonder if the defense lawyer will try and pin the murders on Islam and not his clients.


60 posted on 03/04/2005 3:56:34 PM PST by Selkie
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