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Hit and run Dad arrested; daughter still hospitalized

3:39 PM, Nov 1, 2009   |    comments
  • Faleh Hassan Almaleki (Courtesy of Peoria Police Department)
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Iraqi father accused of running over his daughter and another woman is back in Arizona.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, of Glendale, was booked Saturday into the Fourth Avenue Jail on two charges of aggravated assault, according to a Peoria police spokesman.

Almaleki led investigators through Mexico and eventually London before U.S. Marshals caught up with him earlier this week.

Police say Almaleki used his 2000 Jeep Laredo on Oct. 20 to run over his daughter Noor Almaleki, 20, and family friend, Amal Khalaf 43, while the women were walking across a Peoria parking lot.

Noor Almaleki suffered life threatening injuries and remains unresponsive, police said. Khalaf, who is reportedly the mother of Noor's boyfriend, suffered serious physical injuries and remains in serious but stable condition.

Peoria police said interviews with friends and family revealed that Faleh was angry at his daughter for not following traditional Iraqi values.

Noor had married a man in Iraq but returned to the United States and moved in with her boyfriend and Khalaf in Surprise. The father was furious about the arrangement, according to Noor's brother.

Almaleki drove to Mexico the day of the attack and later boarded a plane for London, said David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for Arizona. Almaleki was detained by British authorities for entering the country illegally and escorted by U.S. officials on a flight to Atlanta.

U.S. Marshals and Peoria detectives arrested Almaleki on Thursday afternoon after his plane landed in Atlanta, Gonzales said.

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