1979 murder: Man who fled 1979 Chicago murder charge arrested

1979 murder: Man who fled 1979 Chicago murder charge arrested, a former Chicago store owner has come to full circle when the accused killer returned to the United States after 34 years. Around 5 p.m. on Friday, the accused 1979 murderer was arrested at O’Hare International Airport after he arrived from Jordan, reported NBC Chicago on June 8, 2013.

On July 22, 1979, 31-year-old Joe Harris walked out of Ata Yousef El Ammouri’s Chicago store in the 500 block of 67th Street in Chicago without paying for a can of beer.

Ata Yousef El Ammouri was charged with the 1979 murder but was able to post the bail of $100,000. The then 34-year-old Chicago store owner was never seen or heard of again -- until now.

In November of 1979, the Chicago store owner received additional charges in addition to the 1979 murder after he failed to show up to court hearings. Officials believed that Ata Yousef El Ammouri had left the country in order to avoid the prosecution for the 1979 murder of Joe Harris.

On Friday, 34 years later, the now 65-year-old former Chicago store owner returned to the United States. Authorities believe that he was scheduled to catch a connecting flight to an unknown city in Tennessee in order to attend a graduation.

After the fugitive of the 1979 murder was taken into custody, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart emphasized that in time justice can prevail. “Today’s capture of Ata Yousef El Ammouri should send a message that the simple passage of time does not eradicate our commitment to bringing fugitives to justice.”

The man accused of the 1979 murder appeared in bond court on Saturday morning and was ordered to be held – without bail.
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