Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said technology and solid detective work led investigators to Nicholas Bahri, whom he called a “barbarian, child killer” amid allegations that he murdered three people, including 6-year-old Tai’raz Moore.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said technology and solid detective work led investigators to Nicholas Bahri, whom he called a “barbarian, child killer” amid allegations that he murdered three people, including 6-year-old Tai’raz Moore.

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West Bloomfield suspect charged in triple murder

Victims include Warren boy, 6

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 13, 2020

 Rimson’s mother, Derlanda Farmer, and Debra Jones, the aunt of Tukoyo and Tai’raz Moore, attended a press conference where the charges were announced and shared photos of the victims.

Rimson’s mother, Derlanda Farmer, and Debra Jones, the aunt of Tukoyo and Tai’raz Moore, attended a press conference where the charges were announced and shared photos of the victims.

Photo by Brian Louwers

 Nicholas Raad Bahri

Nicholas Raad Bahri

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Describing the triple murder suspect now in custody as a “barbarian, child killer,” Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said an extensive investigation aided by available technology led detectives to a “monster” motivated by drugs and money.

Nicholas Raad Bahri, 37, of West Bloomfield, was arraigned in the 37th District Court on Oct. 13. The 15 felony charges he now faces stem from the brutal “execution-style” murders of 6-year-old Tai’raz Moore and Isis Rimson, 28, found dead in the basement of a home on Otis Avenue in Warren, near Nine Mile and Dequindre roads on Oct. 1. Tai’raz Moore’s father, Tukoyo Moore, 31, who lived at the home on Otis, was found dead in a burning car in Detroit before the other bodies were found. 

Flanked by Warren detectives, their counterparts from the Detroit Police Department and Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Cloud, Dwyer told reporters, “It was all about drugs and money,” as he laid out the charges, offered condolences to family members of the victims and credited the investigators for leveraging available technology and solid detective work to solve the case. 

Police said Tukoyo Moore was found dead of a gunshot wound inside of a burning rental car in Detroit at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 1. Detroit detectives tracked the red Kia Sorrento back to Moore’s address on Otis and found the door ajar when they went there to notify family members of the grisly discovery. 

Warren officers called to the scene to check the home found Tai’raz Moore and Rimson, Tukoyo Moore’s girlfriend, dead in the basement. Both suffered gunshot wounds. Police said the home had been ransacked. Investigators reportedly searched the home and found drugs, weapons and a large amount of cash that was hidden. 

Police alleged that Tukoyo Moore was last known to be alive in the driveway of Bahri’s home on Margate Lane in West Bloomfield. He reportedly arrived in the Kia and left with Bahri shortly before 8 p.m. on Sept. 30.  

The investigation reportedly revealed that the Kia returned to the address on Otis shortly before 10 p.m. and that it left the dead-end street at high speed about an hour and a half later. Shortly after that, Bahri was allegedly observed on surveillance video buying and filling a gas can from a BP station near Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. 

Police alleged Bahri returned home to West Bloomfield in a cab at 3:45 a.m. and later searched the internet for expensive watches and news reports about burning vehicles in Detroit.

Bahari now faces three counts of first-degree murder and felony murder, various weapons charges, an arson charge and one count of mutilation and dismemberment of a dead body. Chief Judge John Chmura ordered him held in the Macomb County Jail and denied him an opportunity to post bail ahead of his next court appearance, a probable cause conference set for 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 22. Bahri requested a court appointed lawyer.

“We reviewed the evidence and we found probable cause to issue a 15-count warrant,” Cloud said. “ Let me be clear that the individual that was charged is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The information that was charged are allegations at this point and are giving notice to that person of what the charges are. 

“At this point he is presumed innocent. However, there was enough evidence in our opinion, by probable cause, that charges were issued,” Cloud said. 

Rimson’s mother, Derlanda Farmer, and Debra Jones, the aunt of Tukoyo and Tai’raz Moore, attended a press conference where the charges were announced and shared photos of the victims. 

“We went over all these scenarios in our head and we just couldn’t put this together,” Farmer said. “Thanks to the detectives, how you comforted me when I needed it. Thanks to all of you guys, we have some closure. Not a lot. We just want to see justice done.”

Bahri’s arrest follows a search conducted at his home on Oct. 9 by police from Warren and Detroit, along with federal authorities. He remained in custody at the Warren jail over the weekend.  

Dwyer said previously that Warren detectives were in contact with federal investigators to determine if charges and penalties — including the death penalty — could be sought at that level.

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