Witness ID leads to murder, attempted murder charges

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Fort Wayne man found in an FBI raid in Atlanta earlier this month has been formally charged with the murder of one of two brothers killed in a 12-hour period in October.

HOZYFA SULTAN
HOZYFA SULTAN

Hozyfa Sultan, 24, was formally arraigned in Allen Superior Court on Wednesday on charges of murder and attempted murder as well as an additional penalty for using a firearm during the alleged Oct. 22 fatal shooting of 20-year-old Brandon Washington.

FBI agents and other agencies worked together to arrest Sultan in Gwinnett County, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, earlier this month. He was extradited to Fort Wayne to face his charges.

Prosecutors believe Sultan opened fire on Washington and another man just before noon Oct. 22 inside a home at 5111 Plaza Drive. Washington’s body was found dead in the home; the other man fled and survived.

Just 12 hours after Washington was killed, his brother, 21-year-old brother Larry Washington, was shot and killed inside an SUV parked along the 900 block of East Wayne Street.

According to a probable cause affidavit unsealed Wednesday, police spoke with the man shot alongside Brandon Washington inside that Plaza Drive home a day afterward in the hospital, but he first said did not know who shot him. Less than a week later, though, the man told police he “knew all along that Hozyfa Sultan was the person who shot him and Brandon Washington,” the affidavit said.

The man told police Sultan came to the Plaza Drive home and looked around before he asked if they had any guns. After both men said they didn’t, the man told police “Sultan pulled out a gun from his right pocket and started shooting Brandon,” the affidavit said. The man said Sultan then turned the gun on him as he ran out of the home, the affidavit said.

The man was recovered by medics at a home at 5202 Plaza Drive, critically injured.

The man, whose name was not released, told police he and Washington both knew Sultan because he is a friend of Larry Washington. He positively identified Sultan out of a photo array, the affidavit said.

The man also told police he saw Sultan leave the home in the silver Nissan he’d been know to drive. Police then watched a home surveillance video that showed that silver car, the affidavit said.

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