Search is on for Ashburn Murder Suspect

The Sheriff’s Office is working with international investigators to find the 40-year-old Leesburg man charged with murder in the Dec. 30 death of an Ashburn woman.

The agency announced Wednesday that Furqan Syed has been charged with of first-degree murder, entering a residence with intent to commit murder, shooting in the commission of murder, and three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony. 

He is the suspect in the killing of 57-year-old Najat Chemlali Goode at a home on Connie Marie Terrace in the Belmont Trace area of Brambleton. Investigators “determined there was a connection between the suspect and victim,” according to the report. 

After identifying him as a suspect, investigators learned Syed left the country on Jan. 3. The Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Syed.

Deputies were initially called to the home shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 30, after a family member found the victim unresponsive inside. She was taken to StoneSprings Hospital Center where she died from her injuries. 

Anyone with any information regarding Furqan Syed or this case is asked to contact Detective T. Rodriguez at 703-777-1021. You may also submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app.

5 thoughts on “Search is on for Ashburn Murder Suspect

  • 2022-01-12 at 3:58 pm

    I hope the suspect will be apprehended promptly. I’m not saying he’s definitely guilty of murder. But he needs to be brought in for questioning. If he fled the country, that just attaches more suspicion to him. My heartfelt condolences to the family of the alleged victim, Najat Chemlali Goode.

  • 2022-01-12 at 6:25 pm

    The sketch was really good.
    Hairline, mustache, eyes, eyebrows were perfect.
    Kudos to the witness(es) and the artist.

  • 2022-01-13 at 11:20 am

    The sketch appeared in a 3 Jan article which appears to be the same day the suspect fled the US. I am guessing law enforcement knew who were looking for from the very beginning. It’s likely the suspect was known to the victim. It is relatively rare that a complete stranger enters a house and shoots someone multiple times.

    If you look at the LCSO post on this crime, they clearly identified the suspect as “middle eastern” and used the same sketch that Loudoun Now used. For some reason, the “paper of record” failed to use all the available information from the LCSO. Funny how that works.

  • 2022-01-13 at 2:34 pm

    I think the country where he fled to might be good information. I know he can always grab a connecting flight, but that was the first question that came to my mind.

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