“Mr Blond” is one of two wanted “contract killers” who executed two men with links to Sydney’s underworld in separate gangland-style murders, New South Wales Police believe.
The two gunmen, still at large, are believed to have pulled the trigger and killed Fares Abounader, a 39-year-old Comanchero bikie, and Mejid Hamzy, sibling of Brothers for Life founder Bassam Hamzy, in cold-blooded shootings which took place in 2020 just weeks apart.
Mr Abounader was killed in a targeted drive-by shooting at his Panania home in Sydney’s south-west last August, and five weeks later Mr Hamzy, 44, was gunned down outside his Condell Park house.
“The way these executions were carried out was very similar,” Detective Superintendent Grant Taylor said today, following the police release of fresh CCTV which revealed one of two hooded men fleeing a murder scene as “Mr Blond”.
In the clip, two hooded men can be seen running through Colechin Reserve at Yagoona, in Sydney’s west, just after Mr Hamzy’s murder.
The black hood of one man briefly slips from his head, revealing his face and exposing a mop of blond hair, clues which police hope could lead to a breakthrough.
Other elements in the police investigation, including a location in Sydney’s west called Deepwater Park, point to the two gunmen carrying out both executions, Mr Taylor said.
“The use of the motor vehicles, the cloned number plates, the style, the mannerisms about these people, lead us to believe that the (murders) may be linked.”
The killers and others may have used Deepwater Park, near the Georges River in Sydney’s west, as a potential meeting point before and after the murders, he said.
Both killings were “calculated, deliberate and brazen”, Mr Taylor said.
“The shooters in these two murders have total disregard, do not care in the slightest, about killing people in front of their families. And they obviously don’t believe that they’re going to get caught, and hopefully they’ll be wrong.”
The two men have knowledge and familiarity with the area, police think, and could even live around the neighbourhoods where Mr Hamzy and Mr Abounader were shot dead.
Police did not think the two killings of Mr Hamzy and Mr Abounader were linked other than the mystery gunmen involved.
“There’s nothing to suggest that these two murders are related in regards to reasons why they were killed, (like) some sort of rival feud,” Mr Taylor said.
“We just believe that they’re both related to organised crime … and that they were contract killers.”
Police said Mr Abounader’s family, including his wife and young child, were at their Panania home in Sydney’s west last August when he was shot multiple times after returning from a night out.
Dashcam vision from Panania shows a white Subaru parked outside a Wall Avenue home, prior to Mr Abounader’s murder.
Two luxury cars are also depicted in CCTV footage obtained in the investigation of Mr Hamzy’s murder.
A black Mercedes and white BMW are spotted fleeing the scene after the two hooded men were captured on CCTV.
The cars could be stowed in garages gathering dust, Mr Taylor said.
Police were now following up “very strong” lines of inquiry.
“It’s only a matter of time,” he said.
“We’re going to come after you, we will find you, and we’ll put you in front of the court.
“I hope Mr Blond is sitting back, worrying and believing that it is only a matter of time before there’s a knock on the door.”Internet Explorer Channel Network