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Abdol Ali Omar Charged With Murdering His 19-year-old Ex-girlfriend Rusamie Ashly Phongphoumy In Oakland

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A 35-year-old Oakland man was charged with murder today for the stabbing death of his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend at a market in West Oakland on Sunday morning, Alameda County prosecutors said.

Abdol Ali Omar is accused of killing Rusamie Ashly Phongphoumy, of Richmond, inside the Oakland Market at 1000 18th St. at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police officers who responded to a report of a stabbing found Phongphoumy suffering from stab wounds. Emergency medical personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.

Oakland police Officer Caesar Basa said in a probable cause statement that “high quality store surveillance video clearly showed Omar stabbing the victim (Phongphoumy) from two camera angles.”

Basa said Omar’s stepbrother, Saleh Mohamed Ahmed, told police that he witnessed the stabbing, tried to stop it and identified Omar as the suspect.

When investigating officers interviewed Omar, who lives on Dowling Street in East Oakland, he admitted that he stabbed Phongphoumy, Basa said.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek of the Alameda County coroner’s bureau conducted an autopsy of Phongphoumy and determined that her cause of death was stab wounds, according to Basa.

Omar, who is being held at the North Alameda County Jail in Oakland without bail, was scheduled to be arraigned at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland this afternoon.

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