Diaya Hamid- Pennsylvania- 2009 Jul 25, 2013 8:24:13 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jul 25, 2013 8:24:13 GMT -5
Profile statistics as of July 22nd, 2014 (based on June 2011 amw.com archived profile):
Current Age: 23
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair): Black Hamid has worn an afro in the past.
Other Possible Locations: Australia. Police tell AMW that Hamid took a one-way flight to Australia using his real name.
Last Known Locations: Enola , PA, 5 Sycamore Court Enola, PA 17025
Who to call if you've seen him: Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers 1-800-4-PA-TIPS
Diaya Hamid is a fugitive aired on one the last-ever "regular" episodes of AMW on Fox back on June 4th, 2011. He is wanted on kidnapping and attempted murder charges out of Pennsylvania. Below is the vimeo re-enactment (which may no longer work, but was on Vimeo, perhaps if you log in you might get lucky) and archived amw profile:
Innocent Woman Caught Up In Kidnap Plot
It was an unusually cool June night in 2009. Susquehanna Township, Pa., resident Mary Wilkerson was sound asleep in her home.
Mary was raised and educated in Mississippi, and then she moved to Pennsylvania with her husband after graduation. A very bright woman, she graduated with honors in only three years from Mississippi State. After working 26 years for the federal government, Mary retired and decided to live a life of quiet enjoyment with her son.
But her son, Tommy, wasn't looking for a quiet life. After failing out of school, he fell in with the wrong crowd, and cops believe that's what dragged Mary out of bed and into a life-threatening ordeal few could endure.
On June 14, 2009, around 10 p.m., cops say three suspects broke into Mary's home, looking to kidnap Tommy and extort him for cash. But Tommy wasn't home, and the frustrated thugs turned on his mother, Mary.
They assaulted the terrified woman, tying her hands and feet with duct tape and shooting her with a BB gun. Then, adding insult to injury, they threw Mary in the trunk of her own car and made off with it. They left Susquehanna Township and drove to a desolate area on the outskirts of Harrisburg, ditching the vehicle with Mary still inside the trunk.
Mary was alone in an alley, still bound and with her mouth duct-taped shut. Air inside the trunk was scarce. And with most of the homes near the alley abandoned, no one would hear her screams.
Soon, the summer sun would rise, and the cool, dark trunk that was Mary's prison would turn into an inferno.
The Forgotten Lifeline
As the intense heat inside the trunk sent the temperature inside spiraling into the triple digits, Mary could only remove her clothes to avoid heat stroke. Lacking the strength to scream, she would beat on the car in the hopes that someone would hear her.
But no one did.
More than a day had passed since Mary's kidnapping. Fortunately, Susquehanna cops covered all their bases and talked to someone who would give them their best shot at finding Mary.
Dr. Robert Scott went out to dinner with Mary the night before. Bob, as he's known to those around him, hopped out of Mary's car at the end of the night but forgot his cell phone. At the time, it was a minor inconvenience, but a few hours later it was the lifeline to a woman whose time was rapidly running out.
After triangulating the cell phone's GPS signal, Susquehanna cops, frantically searched for Mary with assistance from the U.S. Marshals and the FBI.
Mary had been trapped in the car for more than 24 hours.
The night came and went. And as the noon sun hung heavy in the sky, the temperature in Mary's vehicular prison flirted with the triple digits. Dehydrated, starving and in danger of heat stroke, Mary's fragile body clung to life while she waited for help.
The hours passed. As the sun went down on yet another desperate day, Mary faced the possibility that the dark, fetid box that was her home the past 48 hours would soon become her coffin.
'Mary!' 'Mary, are you in there?'
In the middle of the night, nearly 48 hours after she was abducted, cops got to the alley where the kidnappers left Mary. On the outskirts of Harrisburg, the alley was half-deserted, trash strewn between the abandoned buildings.
Cops forced the trunk open with a crowbar. Inside, they found a sweaty, nude and disoriented Mary. Her health, already fragile before the kidnapping, now threatened to give out on the way to the hospital.
But despite the incredible ordeal she'd been through, Mary still had the strength to tell detectives what had happened: Three young men broke into her home shortly after midnight two nights ago. As she approached them, one of them brandished a BB gun and shot her multiple times in the chest. She told police that all three young men then charged forward and severely beat Mary with punches and kicks. Still trying to put up a fight despite overwhelming odds, the thugs duct taped Mary's arms, legs, and mouth before dumping her in the trunk of her Buick LeSabre and speeding away into the night.
Evidence left in the car eventually led detectives to arrest 23-year-old Kenneth Hibbert and 19-year-old Shawn Lamont. They both quickly fingered Hamid as their accomplice, and cops scrambled to bring him in.
But they were too late. Cops couldn't find Hamid anywhere and looked for where he could have fled. Shortly after that, investigators confirmed that Hamid was a long way from justice: After cops declared him a suspect, he hopped on a one-way flight to Australia.
Though Hamid's probably in Australia, it's possible he’s returned to the United States. If you know anything regarding the whereabouts of Diaya Hamid, call us at 1-800-CRIME-TV or leave a tip online. You can remain anonymous.
UPDATE: I could find no new articles online about this case since the original posting on the forum fron five years ago. As far as I can tell, Hamid is still at large as of this update (7/22/2018) since I haven't found anything online suggesting otherwise. However, if anyone has any updates/proof-of-updates one way or the other, please feel free to let us know.
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