Suspect identified in 2015 murder of Zak Husein in pizza shop, charges to be filed Thursday

Posted at 1:28 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 18:17:26-04

 Akron police have identified and will charge a suspect in the 2015 shooting death of an Akron pizza shop employee.

Police sources told News 5 a male with a criminal past will face murder and robbery counts in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Zak Husein.

The suspect is currently in prison on unrelated charges and sources said he has been in custody "for a while."

Akron police will release more information during a news conference Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

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Husein was shot during a robbery at Premium New York Style Pizza in Dec. 2015.

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Husein's brother, Ammar, who owns the pizza shop, witnessed part of the callous crime. He said a person wearing all black clothes and a ski mask came in and held up a gun. His brother handed over the money from the register, but the suspect still fired the gun, hitting Zak in the torso.

Surveillance video from inside the shop also captured the shooting.

Ammar told News 5 on Wednesday that he hopes the arrest means some peace for his family.

"Hopefully, less tears from my mom," he said. "Hopefully, more of a break for my dad. I don't have to think, 'Hey, maybe I drove by my brother's killer today.'"

University of Akron officials said Zak was a junior at the school studying international business.

This is a developing story. News 5 will update.