TikTok star accused of killing wife, companion in skyscraper shooting
SAN DIEGO (KSWB) – Authorities released the man’s name on Monday accused of having shot and killed his wife and his companion in a San Diego skyscraper last week.
San Diego Police responded to reports of a shooting at around 3:10 p.m. Thursday in the building. There, police found two people with apparently gunshot wounds to the upper body in the living room of an apartment on the 35th floor.
Paramedics said Ana Abulaban, 28, and Rayburn Cardenas Barron, 29, died at the scene, according to Lt. Andra Brown.
Abulaban was married to the shooting suspect, Ali Nasser Abulaban, 29, and Barron has been listed by police as his “companion”. Shortly after the shooting, officers located Ali Abulaban traveling in a vehicle with his 5-year-old daughter on the highway.
He was detained without incident and then arrested and charged with the murders of his wife and Barron, police said. The child was not with his father at the time of the shooting, police said.
Ali Abulaban has over 940,000 subscribers on TikTok, on which his name is JinnKid. He is known for his comedy sketches and impressions, according to his profile on the social media app.
During his arraignment on Monday, Abulaban could be seen behind glass, shaking and sobbing uncontrollably in the courtroom.
On October 18, the suspect left the apartment following an incident of domestic violence, the prosecution said, adding that his wife had filed a restraining order against him and was seeking a divorce. Ali Abulaban was secretly keeping a key to the house and had entered it without his wife’s knowledge, according to the prosecution. Meanwhile, he installed an app on his daughter’s iPad that allowed him to eavesdrop on conversations in the apartment via his cell phone, lawyers said.
On the morning of October 21, Ali Abulaban heard his wife and a man’s voice speaking inside the apartment via the app, according to Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast. He drove from a hotel to the apartment complex, took an elevator to the 35th floor, ran to the apartment and opened fire, Brast said. The prosecutor said Ali Abulaban shot Barron three times at close range, hitting his neck, cheek and the back of his head before turning the gun on his wife, leaving him with a gunshot wound in the body. forehead.
Family members of the victims could be heard screaming in the courtroom as Brast spoke.
“The accused fled the apartment,” Brast said. “Neighbors heard the shots, saw the accused leave the apartment. Then he telephoned his mother admitting that he had shot and killed his wife.
CCTV from the apartment complex showed the accused in the apartment, and he allegedly confessed to the murder to police, Brast said.
“The accused then fled the building, picked up his daughter from school, still had the gun loaded in his car,” Brast said. “He told his daughter that he had ‘hurt mum’ and then he was quickly apprehended by the police. “
The judge refused bail, saying Ali Abulaban poses a flight risk and possibly a danger to society. A protection order was also drafted to prohibit him from having any contact with members of his family, including his daughter, who is staying with a member of his family.
If convicted, Ali Abulaban faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
The incident is still under investigation, Brown said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the department’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.