Palmetto double-slaying suspect in custody

The house where double shooting suspect Devin Chandler was taken into custody.
The house where double shooting suspect Devin Chandler was taken into custody.

PALMETTO, FL (WFLA) – The search for a man suspected in the execution-style shooting of two brothers at a Palmetto convenience store ended Tuesday when U.S. Marshals captured Devin Chandler.

Khasem (left) and Faares Yousef.
Khasem (left) and Faares Yousef.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said Chandler was caught in Tampa. Chandler, 25, of Palmetto, faces an armed robbery charge and two second-degree murder charges.

Investigators say he is responsible for robbing Snappy’s Mart and Grocery store and killing the store owner’s sons, 23-year-old Khasem Yousef and 17-year-old Faares Yousef. Police say the two brothers were shot to death between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. Monday as they worked behind the counter.

Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler says store surveillance video shows Chandler shooting the brothers execution style. A customer found their bodies and called police.

“I’m very relieved that he’s off the streets because we know what he’s capable of based on what he did yesterday, so I had some real concern about law enforcement trying to take him into custody, basically, what his frame of mind might have been in the hours after the crime and who he might have encountered,” Tyler said.

Authorities had asked for the public’s help finding Chandler, who was considered armed and dangerous. On Tuesday U.S. Marshals served a warrant 1000 block of Seneca in Hillsborough County. They surrounded the house around 1:45 p.m. and Chandler surrendered, according to a U.S. Marshals Office spokesperson.

Chandler previously served time for armed robbery, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office records.  An undisclosed amount of money was taken from Snappy’s after Monday’s murders.

The Palmetto Police Chief said it appears the victims didn’t see it coming. Chief Scott Tyler says the suspect “went into the store, and the two employees that were killed were at the front counter, and he walked up and shot them. Shot them in the head.”

A funeral for the Yousef brothers was underway in Tampa on Tuesday when Chandler was arrested.

The Yousef family and the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR Florida) had offered $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Chad Oyler at 941-224-4988.

 

 

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