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Ex-Uber driver sought in murder of woman at Sheridan hotel arrested at Houston homeless shelter

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 20:52:23-05

SHERIDAN, Colo. – A former Uber driver accused of killing a woman in December at a hotel in Sheridan was arrested Wednesday at a homeless shelter in Houston by the U.S. Marshals Service and Houston police officers.

Abbas Abdal Kathem Abed, 44, had been a person of interest in the early-December murder of 31-year-old Chelsea Anne Snider, who was found dead inside a hotel room at the In Town Suites in Sheridan on the morning of Dec. 2.

Though Abed had been driving for Uber in general at the time of the murder, Uber said that he was not driving at the time of the incident and was since banned from using the app for life.

Authorities have not said how Snider may have been killed or what events led to her death. She was a mother of three and friends said she was very loved despite her struggle with substance abuse. Her family set up a GoFundMe account to help provide for her kids this holiday season.

The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed to Denver7 on Thursday afternoon that they had been working with Sheridan and Houston police on finding Abed and had received a tip that he was in a homeless shelter near downtown Houston on Wednesday morning.

Houston officers went to the shelter and they and marshals arrested him without incident. The Marshals Service said he was being held in the custody of the Houston Police Department Thursday afternoon.