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A 29-year-old woman from Nevada who piqued national interest last year when she claimed she was arrested for being “so good-looking,” may spend the rest of her life locked up after admitting to killing her own mother, stabbing the 61-year-old woman multiple times inside of the home they both shared. Hend Bustami appeared in Clark County District Court on Tuesday and formally pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of second-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon in the slaying of Afaf Hussanen, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.
As previously reported by Law&Crime, Bustami attacked her mother inside their Las Vegas home, then called 911 and calmly confessed to her murder before getting in her car and fleeing out of state.
Officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at approximately 2:34 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2022, responded to a 911 call about an injured person inside a residence on June Flower Drive. The caller — later identified as Bustami — requested medical assistance as she matter-of-factly stated that she’d just “murdered” her own mother.
“Do you need police, fire, or medical?” the 911 dispatcher said in the brief audio clip.
“Uh, medical,” Bustami responded, adding, “I think I killed my mommy.”
The dispatcher then asked the caller for her address, which the caller provided, before questioning her about her mother.
“Why do you think you killed your mom?” the dispatcher asked.
“Because I did. I murdered her,” Bustami replied.
“How did you do that?” asked the dispatcher.
“I broke the table on her head and I broke it,” Bustami appeared to say, though some parts of the audio are difficult to decipher.
When asked where she was calling from, Bustami tells the dispatcher that she is still at her mother’s home, and again offers to provide the dispatcher with the address before they return to the topic of killing her mother.
“Okay, what did you do to her?” the dispatcher asked.
“I killed her,” Bustami said, maintaining a monotone voice throughout the back-and-forth.
“How did you kill her, you said something about a table?” the dispatcher asked.
“I broke the table on her head. I broke the table on her head and I cut her neck off,” Bustami responds.
Upon arriving at the address, first responders found an unresponsive adult female — later identified as Hussanen — who appeared to have sustained “multiple lacerations,” police said. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Investigators said evidence indicated the victim “was involved in a verbal dispute with her daughter” just before she sustained her fatal injuries. Authorities said Bustami killed her mother and fled the scene, leaving the state.
Not long after the victim’s body was discovered, officers with the Barstow Police Department and the California Highway Patrol located and detained Bustami in California. When authorities enacted a traffic stop, they said that Bustami was “covered in blood” and again admitted to killing her mother.
While speaking with investigators, Bustami said that she and her mother were fighting and she stabbed the older woman with “shards of glass” from a broken table.
The arrest for her mother’s murder was not Bustami’s first run-in with the law. She was previously arrested last summer at Harry Reid International Airport, which is when police say Bustami claimed her detainment was due to her being “so good looking.”
Authorities on Aug. 31, 2022, were called to the airport in regards to an adult female who left a Chili’s restaurant without paying her bill.
“[O]fficers working D gates were notified by TSA that [a] female matching that description was observed sleeping near the security checkpoint, hindering their operations,” a probable cause affidavit stated.
Bustami was later located near the baggage claim area and became “belligerent with officers, saying she was being harassed because cops [had] never seen anyone as pretty as her,” according to the affidavit. While being placed under arrest, Bustami allegedly said that “she was going to spit on all [the officers] and that officers were perverts and were trying to rape her because they [had] never seen anyone as good-looking,” police wrote.
Bustami is currently scheduled to appear in court for her sentencing hearing on Dec. 19 before Clark County District Court Judge Jacqueline M. Bluth. She is facing between 10 years to life in prison for second-degree murder.
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