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Second woman charged in hotel homicide – Ottawa Citizen

Second woman charged in hotel homicide – Ottawa Citizen


Tamara Bahlawan, 25, had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. She's pictured above in this handout photo.


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A second woman has been charged with first-degree murder for the hotel homicide of Mohamad Mana.

Homicide detectives announced Sunday that Tamara Bahlawan, 25, had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. She appeared in court Sunday morning.

Police released video and a photo of Bahlawan last week taken from the Residence Inn by Marriott hotel, asking for any information to identify the woman. It’s believed that Bahlawan was in the hotel room on Sept. 15 when Mana, 30, was bound and beaten to death.

Bahlawan was previously arrested by the street crime unit in November 2016 and was charged with firearms and drug offences and robbery. She is scheduled to stand trial for those offences next year.

Police last week also charged Crystal Bastien, 32, with first-degree murder for what’s alleged to have been her role in the killing. Police believe Bastien booked the hotel room. Her lawyer contends that the woman was in the room for just seconds before she ran out screaming.

Police continue to seek additional suspects.

Anyone with information regarding about the case is asked to call the major crime unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.

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