OAKLAND (BCN) — A 36-year-old Oakland man pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge stemming from the stabbing death of his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend at a market in West Oakland in November.
Abdol Ali Omar is accused of killing Rusamie Ashly Phongphoumy of Richmond inside the Oakland Market at 1000 18th St. at about 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 30.
In addition to the murder charge, Omar faces a special circumstance of committing a murder while lying in wait, which could make him eligible for the death penalty.
Phongphoumy was pronounced dead at the scene at the market after Oakland police officers who responded to 911 calls found her suffering from stab wounds.
Oakland police Sgt. Caesar Basa said in a probable cause statement that footage from the store’s video surveillance system “clearly showed Omar stabbing the victim (Phongphoumy) from two camera angles.”
Basa said Omar’s stepbrother, Saleh Mohamed Ahmed, told police that he witnessed the stabbing, tried to stop it and identified Omar as the suspect.
Omar, who lives on Dowling Street in East Oakland, admitted to investigators that he stabbed Phongphoumy, Basa said.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek of the Alameda County coroner’s bureau determined in an autopsy that Phongphoumy’s cause of death was stab wounds, according to Basa.
Omar, who is being held at the North Alameda County Jail in Oakland without bail, is scheduled to return to court on March 30 for a pretrial hearing.