Mazin M. Mohamedali, 20, was arrested Saturday, and faces one count of accessory after the fact, an aggravated misdemeanor, according to a criminal complaint filed in Johnson County District Court.
His arrest comes after a fatal shooting through a suspected robbery at his Iowa residence in February.
Police announced he failed to immediately call emergency services after the incident. He further later lied to investigators about the shooting’s circumstances and presented misleading descriptions of people involved, according to an affidavit filed by an officer.
According to court documents, the 20-year-old further eliminated his mobile phone’s call history and the mobile phone application Snapchat, and in doing so, withheld information from police that would have led them more promptly to the suspect in the shooting death, Sammy Hamed.
Mohamedali has identified himself as a former head of the Iowa Freedom Riders—which defines itself as a racial justice and liberation group that believes in the goals of Black Lives Matter. Iowa Freedom Riders further says it collectively works to “envision and realize a world where we treat each other with care & compassion instead of subscribing to the white supremacist, punitive system that is the prison industrial complex.”
He was previously arrested on charges arising from the initial homicide inquiry. After conducting a search warrant at Mohammed Ali's apartment on Feb. 24, police found 56.13 grams of marijuana and 42.5 ecstasy pills. He was arrested on two counts each of a controlled substance violation and Iowa drug tax stamp violation, and one count of keeping a drug house.
The 20-year-old is set to go to trial for those accusations on Aug. 24.
Mohamedali was further arrested last year throughout a Black Lives Matter demonstration, for which he faced six charges, including unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and trespassing. He pleaded guilty to one simple misdemeanor—disorderly conduct—and the other charges were dismissed.
He was released soon after being booked at the Johnson County Jail, according to jail records.
A September 2020 social media post from Mohamedali presents a photo of Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death through a police raid of her home in March 2020, with her death later becoming a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter protests and riots last year.
In the image, the initials BLM, which stand for Black Lives Matter, are spray painted on the ground.
“#justice for brianna taylor that’s all we need. Real indictments real respect keep the [expletive],” the Instagram photo’s caption reads.