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Details revealed in unsolved murder

Porter Ranch man killed at his Christmas party in Stevenson Ranch in 2009 considered assassinated

Posted: December 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.

This Dec. 22, 2009 photo shows Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives at Nabil Tawab's house the night he was murdered. Reports say he was reaching into his car when he was shot in the head and back.

A Porter Ranch man shot and killed at his Christmas party in Stevenson Ranch three years ago was assassinated, according to the detective investigating the unsolved murder.

As the third anniversary in the slaying of 39-year-old Nabil Tawab approaches, Homicide Detective Peter Heck of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is hoping news of the case will generate new leads.

Heck revealed details about the slaying — some for the first time — to The Signal this past week.
“We’re still pretty much where we were three years ago,” he said. “And, I’ve killed a tree in paperwork done on this case.”

Ruled out as motives in the case are robbery and a random attack, he said.

“It looks like a professional hit,” he said.

Christmas party

On Dec. 22, 2009, Tawab was throwing a Christmas party at his office on The Old Road, just south of Valencia Boulevard, at the Westridge Executive Plaza office complex.

Shortly before 6:40 p.m., he went outside to have a cigarette, said Heck.

“He told people at the party he was going outside for a smoke,” he said. “And, as he opened his car on the driver’s side and was reaching in to get the cigarettes from the center console, the killer fired several shots.”

Tawab was shot in the back of the head and in the body.

The killer fired three shots at close range.

“We’re still looking for that killer,” Heck said.

At 6:40 p.m., deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to an incident reported as an assault with a deadly weapon.

They found Tawab, on the ground “suffering from a gunshot wound,” according to a news release issued a short time later by the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

At 7:17 p.m., Tawab was pronounced dead at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, according records at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department.

“We had two witnesses,” Heck said. “One person saw a vehicle speeding away.

“Then, we had people across the street who heard shots and then heard a motorcycle exiting the parking lot,” he said. “They said they definitely saw a guy on a motorcycle wearing a full face helmet speed away.”

Believing they had the events nailed down leading up to the shooting, detectives worked with television producers to create a Crimestoppers episode called simply, the Nabil Tawab Murder, in which “it shows a guy on a motorcycle walking up the victim, then reach inside the car to shoot him.”

The killer had easy access to Interstate 5, just around the corner from The Old Road.

Leads in the case have since dried up, Heck said.

Robbery not a motive

Tawab’s life before the murder was not without controversy and conflict, Heck said.

“We did have a lot of different communities to investigate and different (law enforcement) agencies to look at for suspects,” Heck said.

Detectives ruled out robbery when they found the victim’s wallet inside the car and “expensive jewelry” inside his BMW left at the scene.

They also ruled out the possibility the shooting was a random act of violence given the killer exploited a very short window of opportunity in which to shoot Tawab.

When tragedy struck, Tawab was in a period of transition, both professionally and personally.

The father of two was going through a divorce, according to Heck.

A woman named Claudia Jawher, who planned to marry Tawab after the divorce, told The Signal this week: “He and I were coming from divorces, together we had five children.

“He was killed two months before we were to be married.”

Claudia said she hopes news of the murder on the eve of its third anniversary prompts a lead that leads to an arrest.

“It’s been very difficult for everyone,” she told The Signal.

Business dealings

While divorce proceedings were unfolding, Tawab’s credit company was in also constant state of flux.

Tawab ran a credit repair company called Credit Expert Group, Inc.

It was the third such company he initiated.

According to one online comment left on a consumer website, Tawab’s company changed its name several times from The Credit Repair Advisors Program, Inc, to The Credit Advisor, Inc, and The Credit Advisors Program, Inc.

“Beware of this company,” the commenter advised.

Tawab also worked as a jeweler, Heck said.

A representative of a neighboring company at the Westridge Executive Plaza told reporters at the time of the shooting that Tawab had recently become a tenant there.

Tawab, whom detectives identified as of Egyptian descent and a resident of Porter Ranch, made regular business visits overseas, Heck said.

Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call detectives at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.




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