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JSA Offers $5,000 Reward For 2022’s 1st Jewelry-Related Homicide


Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person who beat and killed Arasb Shoughi, the owner of Global Pawn Shop in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, N.Y.

Shoughi is the first industry-related homicide of 2022, the JSA said.

According to news accounts and JSA information, on March 28, around 1 p.m., a suspect (pictured) entered Global Pawn, apparently trying to sell some watches. At some point, violence broke out.

The man led the owner to the back of the store and viciously beat him with a metal rod. The New York City Police Department has released graphic video of the beating, which can be seen here. Police don’t know the motive for the attack, reports said.

Shoughi died of critical head injuries on April 17, three weeks after the attack. The suspect escaped the store with several pieces of jewelry.

The suspect is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall; 150 pounds; and with a medium build and complexion. He entered the store wearing a green Adidas baseball hat, a black face mask, a dark blue jacket with a hood, a black backpack, dark green pants, and black shoes, according to the New York Post. Subsequent pictures showed the suspect wearing sunglasses and earmuffs.

JSA president John Kennedy tells JCK the suspect may have fled New York City and warned jewelers to be on the lookout if this person comes into their store, trying to sell jewelry.

“Take a good look at this guy’s face,” he said. “He may show up anywhere.”

Any jeweler who sees this person or has any information related to this incident, should contact law enforcement or the Jewelers’ Security Alliance hotline at 212-687-0328 or All tips will be kept confidential.

The New York City Police Department’s Crime Stoppers hotline is 800-577-8477.

Top: NYPD surveillance footage (photo courtesy of Jewelers’ Security Alliance)

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By: Rob Bates

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