Suspect released in 2010 murder of Ferndale dollar store owner; not enough evidence to charge man

Posted at 2:14 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 14:14:53-05

FERNDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) — Just days after Ferndale police arrested a suspect in a 2010 murder of a dollar store owner, that suspect has been released while police gather more evidence.

According to police, the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office said the case they submitted to them in the murder of Karim Khamarko "did not contain sufficient evidence for them to issue an arrest warrant."

According to police, the murder happened on Nov. 26, 2010 at the Dollar Club Plus on Hilton Rd. in Ferndale.

A witness told police that the owner, Khamarko, 64, of Southfield, was lying on the floor bleeding and having trouble breathing.

Police say they arrived in 2-3 minutes and found Khamarko had been shot several times. He was taken to the hospital but later died.

Detectives said they followed up on many tips and leads during the initial phase of the investigation, but none lead to the identification or arrest of the suspect.

The case has remained open since 2010 and detectives have periodically re-examined the case in hopes of finding new information.

Earlier this year, police say evidence was found that lead to the ID and arrest of a suspect, a 48-year-old man from Romulus.

Police said they will not comment further because it's an open and active investigation, but they will release more information if they have it.