1106 GMT August 18, 2019
West Midlands Police said the man was detained in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham on Thursday evening in relation to the deaths of Raneem Oudeh, 22, and her mother Khaola Saleem, 49, on Monday, independent.co.uk wrote.
Police had been searching for lead suspect Janbaz Tarin in connection with the double murder.
Staff at the Rotana Shisha in Birmingham told the BBC they had to escort Tarin from the premises earlier on Monday after he “flew into the bar in a fit of rage”.
He allegedly confronted and slapped his ex-partner Oudeh at the shisha bar. Officers took statements from witnesses at the venue on Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday, Crimestoppers and West Midlands Police offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to Tarin’s detention. Police also released a video appealing directly to the lead suspect to hand himself in.
Last night, West Midlands Police stated, “Police searching for the suspect in the double murder in Solihull have arrested a man.”
The force did not release the name of the arrested man.
Oudeh and Saleem are believed to have been stabbed to death at Saleem’s home in Northdown Road late on Monday night as Oudeh was on the phone to police. They were both found dead shortly after midnight.
Oudeh had a two-year-old child and her mother had six children. Both victims were originally from Syria.
Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, who is leading the investigation, said, “I would like to thank the community for their support over the last few days, the response to our appeals has been excellent and tonight resulted in this arrest.”
Last night’s arrest is reported to have taken place on Ivor Road. Unverified video posted on social media appeared to show a man in a red jacket surrounded by officers.
Three addresses were previously raided by police, including one in Sparkhill.
Police also said the suspected murder weapon had been recovered.