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A Las Vegas woman who faces charges that she killed her mother allegedly called 911 and confessed to the crime before fleeing to California.
Hend Bustami, 28, is allegedly the woman who called 911 around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 and, when the dispatcher asked, "Do you need police, fire or medical?" she replied, "Uh, medical. I think I killed my mommy," in a 911 tape obtained by Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.
The woman who called then provided the address where Bustami reportedly lived with her mother, Afaf Hussanen, 61.
"Why do you think you killed your mom?" the dispatcher asked the caller.
"Because I did," the caller replied in a monotone voice. "I murdered her."
"How did you do that?" the dispatcher replied.
"Eh," the called replied. "I broke the table and, and I broke it."
The caller can be heard moving around at that point, and the dispatcher called for medical services to be dispatched to the house.
"Where are you?" the dispatcher asked.
"I'm at my mom's house," the caller replied, and then confirmed Hussanen's address.
"What did you do to her?" the dispatcher asked.
"I killed her," the caller replied as the call captured muffled noises of a person moving around.
"How did you kill her?" the dispatcher repeated. "You said something about a table?"
"I broke the table on her head," the caller said, as the audible sound of a car beeping can be heard in the background.
"You dropped the table on her head?" the dispatcher asked.
"I broke the table on her head and I cut her neck off," the caller replied.
The car beeping noise gets more audible and the dispatcher asks, "Where are you at now?"
"I'm in the car," the caller says, followed by something inaudible before the call cuts off.
First responders who arrived pronounced Hussanen dead at the scene due to "multiple lacerations." Bustami was stopped by the California Highway Patrol in Barstow around 5:30 a.m., Oxygen.com previously reported.
In charging documents released on Tuesday and reviewed by Las Vegas ABC affiliate KNTV, police who arrived on the scene quickly determined that Hussanen and her daughter, Bustami, lived together in the home.
Interviews with neighbors after the murder turned up footage from a Ring camera video of a Honda Accord — associated with Bustami and carrying California plates — leaving the residence around 2:30 a.m., according to the charging documents obtained by KNTV. A license plate reader spotted the car headed south on I-15 towards California, and Nevada officials notified the California Highway Patrol, who stopped her in Barstow.
The officer who pulled her over said she had blood on her clothing and cuts on her hands. She allegedly told detectives that she and her mother had gotten into a fight, during which Bustami hit Hussanen over the head with a glass tabletop, shattering it. She then allegedly admitted to using the glass table shards to stab her mother to death.
She was arrested at 8:00 a.m. on Oct. 26. She was due to appear in a California court on Thursday.
Previously, Bustami had been arrested at Las Vegas' Harry Reid International Airport on Aug. 31 after allegedly dining and dashing at the airport Chili's, Oxygen.com previously reported. They found her near baggage claim, where, court documents allege, she was “belligerent with officers, saying she was being harassed because cops [had] never seen anyone as pretty as her.”
They discovered that there was a bench warrant out for her arrest tied to a misdemeanor battery case dating to June 1; KLAS reports that she had been charged with battery against a security guard, during which the arresting officer noted that she was too intoxicated to sign the citation. She had failed to appear for an arraignment in July, leading to her outstanding bench warrant.
Officers at the airport then attempted to arrest her on the bench warrant and she allegedly became more belligerent, as Oxygen.com previously reported, allegedly telling officers "that she was going to spit on all of them and that officers were perverts and were trying to rape her because they have never seen anyone as good looking.”
She was charged with a misdemeanor public conduct violation in that case, appeared in court and was released pending trial. At the end of September, a bench warrant was issued for her arrest in that case as well.
KLAS reports that the Las Vegas Police Department had responded to 12 calls for service at the mother's home this year, including seven for "family disturbances," one for an alleged suicide attempt and one for an alleged missing person report.
A coworker of Hussanen's called 911 before Bustami's arrest made the news to report the older woman missing, according to Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.
“We are all looking for her. She is not answering. She has not shown up to work," the caller reportedly said. "And when she called me last night going home, she was scared. And that was the last time I spoke to her."
KLAS reported that Hussanen told her coworker she was scared because Bustami had threatened to kill her.
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