Lead in NYC Serial-Killer Case: 'John Doe Duffel Bag'
He may have been near 2 of 3 murder scenes
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2012 8:57 AM CST
This sketch released by the New York Police Department shows another man who is being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of shopkeeper Isaac Kadare.   (AP Photo/New York Police Department)

(Newser) – A man carrying a duffel bag may have been at two of three connected murder scenes in Brooklyn, and now police want to talk to the man they're calling "John Doe Duffel Bag," the New York Post reports. The balding, mustachioed man was spotted on surveillance video near the store where Rahmatollah Vahidipour was shot dead Friday, and he may also be seen in a video from around the time and place Isaac Kadare was killed in August. So far, he has not been connected to the third murder, of Mohammed Gebeli in July.

All three men, Brooklyn store owners of Middle Eastern descent, were killed by the same gun. "The duffel-bag guy could be a perp, or he could be a witness," says a law enforcement source, who speculates the murderer watched his targets for weeks. "He’s very calculating and methodical. He’s going to these places numerous times over extended periods of times ... casing them out." The FBI's serial-killer profilers are now on the case too, and a reward for information about the murderer is at $84,000. Click for more on the three murders, which share a creepy similarity.

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Nov 20, 2012 12:54 PM CST
that would make more sense than just random acts of violence
Nov 20, 2012 12:29 PM CST
Why does the sketch show a short haired, clean-shaven man, and the article say he is mustachioed and balding?
Nov 20, 2012 11:51 AM CST
If he's balding and mustachioed, why did the sketch artist give him a normal hairline and no facial hair?