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05/26/2011

Accused 2004 double murderer arrested following coordinated search

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man wanted for a 2004 double murder in Florida was arrested on Wednesday, following coordination among the following organizations: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Dallas, Broward County (Florida) Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshalls Service (USMS), and the America's Most Wanted TV show.

USMS Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force members arrested Omar Williams, 36, May 25 in Orlando, Fla., for the murders of Tanesha Stobbs and Michael Robinson nearly seven years ago.

The double homicide occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Oct. 8, 2004 at 2943 NW 56th Ave. in Lauderhill, Fla. One of Stobbs' coworkers had called a neighbor at the complex after Stobbs failed to show up at work. The neighbor called police when no one answered the door at apartment B-2. Lauderhill Police responded to the Inverrary Village apartment complex to conduct a welfare check.

Lauderhill police officers entered the apartment and found Stobbs and Robinson dead inside. Lauderhill Police contacted the Broward Sheriff's Office and requested that Broward County Sheriff's Office investigate the fatal shootings. Stobbs and Robinson both worked as cooks at the same restaurant.

Following the homicides, Williams fled to California. After being featured on America's Most Wanted, ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations in Dallas learned that Williams resurfaced in Texas a few years ago under an alias. Following up on the tip, USMS deputies and ICE officers started tracking Williams and found out he played soccer in Dallas on Sundays.

A few weeks ago, investigators planned to arrest Williams at one of the games. But Williams got suspicious and did not show for the game. After eluding capture in Dallas, Williams fled to Orlando where deputies and officers tracked him this week hiding out at a friend's apartment.

"Our ICE ERO officers have been working this case for weeks after first obtaining a solid lead," said Nuria T. Prendes, field office director for ICE ERO in Dallas. "However, the coordinated effort among the different organizations paid off to make the final arrest." Prendes oversees 128 counties in north Texas and the state of Oklahoma.

Williams is currently being held without bond at an Orange County (Florida) jail where he is awaiting extradition.