AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Police have announced that a suspect is in custody in connection to the 2015 fatal shooting of a 21-year-old employee at an Akron pizza shop.
Police say a suspect is now in custody. Shaquille Anderson, a 23-year-old man from Akron, has been charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and felonious assault. Anderson is currently serving an 18-21 year jail time after pleading guilty in December 2016 to eight unrelated counts of aggravated robbery and six weapons violations.
At the time of the murder, surveillance footage provided the biggest clues to the murder. Anderson, who was disguised and had a mask covering his face, walked into the pizza shop and demanded money. When Zak handed over the money from the register, the suspect fatally shot him and fled the scene.
Police were able to connect Anderson with the murder through multiple tips received since the incident occurred.
"There was an accumulation of evidence," Akron police Capt. Jesse Leeser said.
When talking about other Akron homicide investigations during the press conference, Akron Police Chief James Nice said the current "solve rate" in Akron is more than 80 percent.
"I'm very proud of the detective bureau. The national average is 50 percent or below," he said.
Ammar Husein, Zak's brother, was at Thursday's press conference. He described the arrest announcement as a humbling experience, and actually apologized to the suspect's family.
"I do apologize to his mother, to his family, to everybody that they have to also kind of share this grief with us," he said.
Ammar says he can forgive Anderson for murdering his brother, but his family may not feel the same way.
"My dad might not. My dad might want the death penalty. I can forgive you for everything. I forgive you for my tears. I forgive you for the blood that were on my hands when I put him in the grave," he said.