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Stafford County seeks help solving 2011 slaying

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Stafford County authorities are again emphasizing a longstanding $50,000 reward they hope will lead to information needed to solve the March 1, 2011, slaying of 49-year-old Samih Mustafa Sowan.

The Sheriff’s Office Monday released information about the same reward that was announced in August of last year. Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said police are still hoping the reward put up by an anonymous donor will spur someone to come forward with information needed for an arrest.

Sowan was killed in the basement area of a home he rented at 35 Fife St. in Austin Ridge subdivision. He was shot in the head and kneecap.

Witnesses reported seeing two black males running from the home after the shooting and getting into a four-door, light-colored sedan that was last seen leaving the area on Courthouse Road. Sowan was found dead on the floor shortly after 8 p.m. by the man he was renting from.

Sowan was a native of Jordan and became a United States citizen on Jan. 25, 2010. He legally changed his name from Samih Mustafa Ibrahim two months later, court records show. He was operating a Subway on Walpole Street in Stafford at the time of his death and was known to frequent the Washington and Baltimore areas.

On May 27, 2010, Sowan was beaten with a pipe at the same home by a man he claimed he’d never seen before. He told police the man knocked on the door and asked for jumper cables, then attacked him after he told the man to go to the front of the house and ask the landlord.

That case also remains unsolved and it is not clear if it is connected to the slaying.

Anyone with information about the slaying can call the Sheriff’s Office at 658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 659-2020.

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