DIAYA OSMAN HAMID RETURNED FROM AUSTRALIA TO FACE KIDNAPPING FOR RANSOM CHARGES FROM 2009 INCIDENT
On July 19, 2019, the United States Marshals Service returned Diaya Osman Hamid, now 31 years old, to Dauphin County from Australia to face charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal conspiracy, and related charges in connection with a 2009 incident in Susquehanna Township. The Marshals turned Hamid over to Susquehanna Township officers who transported him to the Dauphin County Prison.
The Commonwealth charges that, on June 14, 2009, Hamid, along with Shawn Wright and Kenneth Hibbert, III, kidnapped 57-year-old Mary Wilkerson. The three men forcibly entered her home on Crooked Hill Road in Susquehanna Township, assaulted her, and bound her with duct tape. The three men then put her in the trunk of her car and drove away. They then attempted to extort money from her son. Authorities located Mary Wilkerson in the car trunk, in extreme medical distress, about 48 hours after her abduction.
In 2012, Shawn Wright and Kenneth Hibbert pleaded guilty to the same charges including criminal conspiracy with Hamid. Wright and Hibbert are currently serving terms of imprisonment of 10 to 20 years. When he took custody of Hamid at the Harrisburg International Airport, Sergeant Aaron Osman served a search warrant on Hamid and obtained a sample of his DNA for comparison against the evidence obtained at the crime scenes.
Susquehanna Township Police charged Hamid with these offenses in 2010. Hamid had already left the United States for Australia in September 2009. Police continued to seek his arrest since then and Hamid was featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted". Hamid will appear for preliminary arraignment on Monday, July 22, 2019. Because the case proceeded through the Dauphin County Indicting Grand Jury, preliminary arraignment will occur before the Court of Common Pleas.
District Attorney Fran Chardo praised the cooperative effort of many agencies that resulted in the apprehension and return of Hamid after many years. The Dauphin County District Attorney's Office and the Susquehanna Township Police Department received assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Department of Justice .