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Investigators: Waterville murder victim was targeted

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Three suspects are still on the loose after an-early morning home invasion and murder in Waterville Township and investigators say the death of 34-year-old James Safadi was not a random act of violence. They believe the local business owner was targeted.

Detective Jeff Kozak of the Lucas County Sheriff's Office said, "We don't feel it was a random act. We think he was targeted for who he was. He owned some businesses in Toledo and the Toledo area. Owns businesses, has a beautiful home, yeah they probably thought he had something here."

James Safadi was known by friends as Jimmy. He and his family own a number of area carryouts.

Detectives say the suspects, described as three black men dressed in black and wearing masks, forced their way into Safadi's home in the 8900 block of South River Road around 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

Once inside, the suspects held Safadi and his girlfriend at gunpoint. Safadi was shot multiple times and hit in the chest, but his girlfriend was left physically unharmed.

Detective Kozak said, "She was held at gunpoint at first. As they started to leave the residence, she was able to get into the bathroom and lock herself in the bathroom and call 911."

Crews from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation spent hours processing the home. Even though officials believe Safadi was targeted, they're not saying yet whether anything was taken.

Kozak says the crime was unfortunate. "Very hardworking you man, beautiful home and this had to happen."

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call Crimpestopper at 419-255-1111.

 

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