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Arrest Made In 6-Year-Old City Heights Homicide

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An East County man was arrested today on suspicion of taking part in a failed street robbery that led to the fatal shooting of a Somali man at a taco shop near the victim's City Heights home almost six years ago.

Shane Pilson, 22, was taken into custody as he rode a bicycle in the 1200 block of Oakdale Avenue in El Cajon shortly before noon, according to San Diego police.

About 3 a.m. on Aug. 14, 2003, Pilson and an accomplice, both wearing bandanas over their faces, allegedly approached Khadar Hassan as the 26-year-old victim and several of his friends were waiting for a food order at Taco Fiesta in the 4900 block of University Avenue.

When the bandits demanded belongings from him and his companions, Hassan refused and walked away. One of the thieves then raised a small chrome handgun and shot Hassan in the head before fleeing the area on foot along with his accomplice.

Hassan, who lived with his grandmother in a Winona Avenue apartment a few blocks from the restaurant, died at the scene.

Homicide detectives recently identified Pilson and 30-year-old prison inmate Sherman Strong as suspects in the slaying, SDPD Lt. Kevin Rooney said.

On Friday, a judge approved warrants for the two men's arrests.

Strong, who is serving time on unrelated charges, is in the process of being returned to San Diego County to face a murder charge in connection with Hassan's death.

Rooney declined to discuss evidence that allegedly implicates Pilson and Strong in the killing, other than to note that "there's been a lot of re-interviewing" and other ongoing reviews of evidence.

"This just happens to be one of those cases that took longer than it sometimes takes (to solve)," the lieutenant added.

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