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Court documents detail violent crime spree by suspects in Derby Day murder

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Tyrone Thomas, Fatima Abu-Diab and Fahed Abu-Diab are charged with murder in the slaying of a Canadian man in town for the Kentucky Derby this year. Tyrone Thomas, Fatima Abu-Diab and Fahed Abu-Diab are charged with murder in the slaying of a Canadian man in town for the Kentucky Derby this year.
Scott Hunter (Image Source: Courtesy of Beau Opperman) Scott Hunter (Image Source: Courtesy of Beau Opperman)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Prosecutors say the suspects charged with murdering a Canadian tourist as he returned to his hotel on Derby Day were in the middle of a violent crime spree involving Tasers and guns -- all while cruising around in a luxury car.

According to newly released evidence, the suspects are accused in a total of 15 violent robberies during Derby weekend. Court documents show the four suspects charged with murdering 49-year-old Scott Hunter were driving around in a Jaguar, preying on hotel guests mostly staying near the fairgrounds.

Police say Tyrone Thomas, Fatima Abu Diab, Fahed Abu Diab and Tony Ha would go up to victims shock them with a Taser, or at least threaten to shock them, hold the victim at gunpoint, assault them and then rob them.

Police report the suspects robbed eight victims on May 1 and 2.

One victim told police "He heard a buzz and felt a shock in his abdomen" then the suspects took cash right out of his pockets. Another victim says he was on his way up to his hotel room when Fatima Abu Diab asked for his phone number and followed him to his room. When he opened his door he says the other suspects forced their way inside then robbed him and two friends punching them when they resisted.

The ninth robbery victim was Hunter, who was in town from Canada to see the Derby.

Court documents show Fatima Abu Diab and Fahed Abu Diab attempted to rob Hunter, but he put up a fight before Tyrone Thomas shot and killed him.

"They were driving down Phillips Lane and saw the two victims walking on the side of the road, and that's when they got out of the vehicle and approached them," Kessinger said. "They went to rob both victims and, during the robbery, there was a struggle, at which time they fired a shot and killed the victim."

But it didn't end there.

Police say the crime spree continued after the murder and into the next day, with the suspects going on to rob six more men and women, stealing credit cards, clothes, blank checks, phones and a laptop.

All of the suspects are in custody awaiting their next court hearing later this month. Fahed and Fatima Abu-Diab are charged with murder. Thomas is charged with complicity to murder.

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