The man who allegedly stabbed a 91-year-old grandfather to death is the stepson of underworld figure Lametta Fadlallah, who was killed in a hail of bullets months earlier.
Jordan Safi, 24, who is also the son of 200kg standover man Helal Safi, was arrested at a home in Roselands, Sydney’s south-west, about 11:15pm on Wednesday and taken to hospital, where he remains under police guard.
The body of his step-grandfather Joe Ziri was discovered about two hours earlier at a nearby property soaked in a corrosive chemical, which resulted in acid burn for two officers who stormed the home.
In August, Fadlallah, 48, was shot dead in a bloody execution as she sat in a silver Toyota 4WD outside her house on Hendy St, Panania in Sydney’s west.
She had just had her hair done and was preparing for a night on the town with three other people also in the car – including hairdresser Amy Hazouri, 39, who also shot dead.
Jordan Safi, 24 (pictured), who is also the son of 200kg standover man Helal Safi, was arrested at a home in Roselands, Sydney’s south-west, about 11:15pm on Wednesday and taken to hospital where he remains under police guard
In August, Fadlallah, 48 (pictured), was killed in a hail of bullets as she sat in a silver Toyota 4WD outside her house on Hendy St, Panania in Sydney’s west.
He is the son of former Kings Cross figure Helal Safi (pictured) who died weeks after being released from jail in 2021
A 16-year-old girl and 20-year-old man miraculously managed to escape injury but are left ‘incredibly shaken’ after the ‘planned attack’.
CCTV captured another vehicle pulling up next to the Toyota followed by up to a dozen gunshots.
The Toyota then drove a kilometre away from the scene where the 20-year-old and 16-year-old called for help.
Pictured: Joe Ziri w
Police believe Ms Hazouri was collateral damage and that Ms Fadlallah was the intended target.
Ms Fadlallah is understood to have been associated with underworld figures going back to the 1990s.
Fadlallah was the long term girlfriend of Kings Cross identity Helal Safi – who was found dead in a Sydney apartment in January 2021 after suffering a heart attack.
Safi, at 45-years-old and weighing 200kg, was found dead in his Stapleton Street, Pendle Hill unit after a neighbour was heard shouting for help around 4am.
He had been released from prison just weeks earlier, with police locating drug paraphernalia in the unit.
The ‘major’ gangland player had close links to criminals and was feared among Sydney’s underworld.
NSW Police said the incident is believed to be domestic violence-related with police and Fire and Rescue teams (above) seen collecting evidence from the home
Police and Fire and Rescue NSW attended a home in Roselands after the body of a 91-year-old man was found (pictured, emergency services at the scene)
The former bikie and Kings Cross bouncer once survived 42 stab wounds while in jail in 2010.
The injuries put him in a coma for five months, with police saying he only survived due to his size.
His son now faces the prospect of surgery for injuries sustained before his arrest.
Superintendent Sheridan Waldau said NSW Police believe the incident is domestic violence-related.
He added that one male relative at the scene was very distressed and had to temporarily be restrained.
‘It was a highly volatile and emotional situation last night,’ she told reporters on Thursday.
Fire and Rescue NSW were called to the Roselands home after two police officers suffered burns from hydrochloric acid (pictured, Fire and Rescue NSW officers cleaning the home)
‘One of the other family members was quite emotional when the 24-year-old was taken into custody.
‘As a result, police had to step in and restrain him. He was not arrested and he will not be charged. He was just restrained and taken away from the scene so we could calm him down.’
At the scene in Roselands, Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called after two officers suffered minor chemical burns.
Superintendent Waldau said the chemical found at the scene was hydrochloric acid, which is commonly used to adjust the PH levels for swimming pools.
She said the substance was spread around the house but did not appear to be on the body.
The officers were treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to St George Hospital, with one receiving oxygen as treatment for their burns.
Both officers have since been released.