San Diego, CA – A TikTok influencer with almost a million followers known as “JinnKid” has been arrested for the murder of his estranged wife and her friend.
San Diego police said they received a 911 call reporting a shooting just before 3 p.m. on Oct. 21, KNSD reported.
Officers responded to the apartment on the 35th floor of the Spire San Diego building and found 29-year-old Ana Abulaban and her friend, 28-year-old Rayburn Barron, fatally shot.
Ana was in the process of ending her marriage to Ali Nassar Abulaban, or “JinnKid,” when she was murdered, KNSD reported.
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San Diego Deputy District Attorney Taran Brast said on Monday that Ana asked her husband to move out of their apartment on Oct. 18.
Brast said Ali moved out, but he started stalking his estranged wife, KNSD reported.
The prosecutor said that Ali went back to their home and vandalized it on the morning of Oct. 21.
Brast said that while Ali was there, he installed an app on their daughter’s iPad that allowed him to spy on Ana, KNSD reported.
Prosecutors said Ali heard a man’s voice inside the apartment via the iPad later that afternoon and returned to the high-rise apartment building with a loaded gun.
Brast said Ali shot Ana in the forehead, KNSD.
But first, he shot Barron in the neck, the cheek, and the back of the head, according to prosecutors.
Brast said there was Ring security video of Ali leaving the apartment after his wife and Barron were murdered, KNSD reported.
Charging documents showed that the Abulabans’ five-year-old daughter was in the car with her father when he was stopped and taken into custody.
However, prosecutors said that the little girl wasn’t home when her father allegedly killer her mother and her mother’s friend, KNSD reported.
Police said Ali picked the child up at school after the murders.
Brast told the court on Monday that Ali had confessed to both murders to his mother and to the police, KSWB reported.
“The defendant fled the apartment,” the prosecutor said. “Neighbors had heard the gunshots, witnessed the defendant leaving the apartment. Then he made a phone call to his mother admitting that he shot and killed his wife.”
“The defendant then fled the building, went to pick up his daughter from school, still had the loaded gun in his car,” Brast continued. “Told his daughter that he ‘hurt mommy’ and then he was soon apprehended by the police.”
Investigators said it wasn’t the first time that Ali had hurt Ana, KNSD reported.
A domestic violence incident was reported to police in September when Ali pushed Ana in front of their daughter.
However, court records showed that no restraining order was issued in connection with the incident, KNSD reported.
The district attorney’s office said that prosecutors were considering asking for special-circumstances enhanced charges because Ali had murdered more than one person.
Ali has been charged with the murders of Ana and her companion, KNSD reported.
The judge denied bail after he determined that Ali was a flight risk and possibility a danger to society, KSWB reported.
East Village Double Murder. Prosecutor says Ali Nasser Abulaban, 29, installed an app on his daughter’s iPad to stalk and monitor his wife. He’s charged with shooting and killing his wife and her friend. Prosecutor says he’s social media influencer known online as JinnKid. #nbc7 pic.twitter.com/sRbF4SexNw
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A protective order was issued to keep Ali away from Ana’s family members and their daughter, who has been placed with family members.
Ali faces life in prison without parole if he is convicted of the murders, KSWB reported.