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Police: Bashar Kallabat, Well Known Birmingham Hairstylist Killed Inside Detroit Motel

DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) — The Detroit Police Department says a popular hairstylist was killed in a Detroit motel on the city's east side Tuesday night.

Police say 56-year-old Bashar Kallabat was killed inside his room at the JZ Motel and Suites on 8 Mile Road near Gratiot Avenue which is also a Project Green Light location according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

The suspect was dropped off at the location through a ride-share company and police believe he was there for several hours.

Hotel staff checked the room and found Kallabot dead inside, according to Craig.

Craig said based on the green light footage, officers saw the suspect wearing a specific jacket and were able to track back to the ride-share company.

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Posted by Detroit Police Department on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

"A 12 hour investigation led us to where the suspect was located," said Craig. A 24-year-old man was taken into police custody Wednesday morning.

Craig said Kallabat owned a salon in Birmingham  and was nationally known with highlights in Vogue, Allure and Harper's Bazaar Magazine.

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Bashar Kallabat

Craig says the department believes they know the motive of the killing but he wouldn't go into detail.

This is an ongoing investigation.

RELATED LINK: Detroit Police Arrest Suspect In Connection With Fatal Assault

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