Omar Assaf Biography
Who is Omar Assaf?
Omar Assaf, 42, was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Marshals in Orlando.
U.S. federal prosecutors have asked him to remain in custody pending an extradition request.
The Daily Beast first reported his arrest.
On August 16, 2009, Assaf, a former police officer from Paraná state, shot 19-year-old Thiago Klemtz in the chest, leg and head near a nightclub in the city of Curitiba.
Assaf was sentenced to 16 years in prison for aggravated murder in 2012, but has since fled the country and took refuge with his family in Kissimmee.
He was a partner in his uncle’s handyman company and started his own home improvement business in 2017, public records show.
According to Florida court records, Assaf went to nightclubs with Fernanda Lacerda and kept his police department weapons in a safe.
During the night, one of Lacerda’s friends, Diego Targino, attacked the person she was dancing with. Assaf submitted Tagino before a security guard kicked him out of the club.
Meanwhile, Clemts and his friends stood outside the bar after being kicked out of it as someone in the group tried to “tamper with the lock on the refrigerator.” Although a security guard attacked someone in his group, none of them responded.
A friend of Clemts, Wesley Jacques, said he saw Tagino bleeding outside the club and fighting with a security guard. Tagino punched the security guard before one of them pointed a gun at him.
According to Jacques, Assaf may have confused Clemts with Tagino because they look alike.
Thelma Matos, who lives in an apartment building near where the shooting took place, said she and her son woke up to the sound of gunfire and called police.
Assaf was seen walking up to Clemts and saying, “Now you’ll see, man. It’s the police. Hands on head.
Clemts begged for mercy, telling Assaf, “For God’s sake, man, don’t kill me.”
Assaf then shot him twice before walking away.
Two other witnesses who lived near the shooting confirmed to Brazilian authorities that Assaf shot and killed Clemts.
Assaf was charged with aggravated murder in September 2009. He was convicted in November 2013, and an arrest warrant was issued a month after he disappeared.
In 2017, Klemtz’s mother, Patricia Klemtz, was finally able to find Assaf after discovering her social media profiles on her Instagram.
Interpol has issued a red notice for Assaf’s arrest.
DailyMail.com has contacted Patricia Klemtz for comment.
Assaf is scheduled to appear before a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Florida on August 31.