Multi-state murder suspect captured in Arizona after two brutal stabbings; DA refuses extradition to NYC

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SURPRISE, AZ - Raad Noan Almansoori, 26, was taken into custody in Scottsdale, AZ after leading authorities in three states across the nation on a chase that involved kidnapping and sexual assault in Florida, the murder of a woman in New York City, the armed robbery of a Phoenix woman, and the brutal stabbing of an 18-year-old woman at a Surprise McDonalds.

According to NBC News, Almansoori, who was arrested in Florida in April 2023 and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault before making bail in September, is suspected- and has indeed seemingly confessed- in the murder of 38-year-old Denisse Oleas-Arancibia in New York. According to New York Police Chief of Detectives Joe Kenny, Oleas-Arancibia was left for dead in her room at the SoHo 54 Hotel on February 8.

After flying to Phoenix from New York, Almansoori allegedly stabbed a woman after carjacking her in Phoenix, wounding her in the head and neck on Saturday.

The following Sunday, he allegedly stabbed a woman at the Surprise McDonalds, wounding her in her neck before stealing a car and driving off in the direction of Scottsdale.

Almansoori was later arrested at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall without incident and was transported to Surprise, where he was interviewed by local police. At that time, the suspect revealed to officers that he was wanted in the New York City murder.

Kenny told reporters Tuesday, "While in the custody of Arizona law enforcement, he informs them that he is wanted for a homicide in New York City, and tells the cops that they should Google ‘SoHo 54 Hotel.’" He added that Almansoori also "told Arizona cops that he hurt three additional girls in Florida."

As reported by AZfamily.com, the suspect was booked at the Maricopa County jail for attempted murder, aggravated assault, and theft related to the attack in Surprise, and for robbery, assault, theft, and criminal damage related to the Phoenix attack. He had reportedly been arrested at least 13 times in Maricopa County since 2021 according to the outlet.

In a Surprise press conference, Republican Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell, citing the soft-on-crime practices of New York's Democrat District Attorney Alan Bragg, stated that her office would not allow the extradition of Almansoori to New York. She added that the charges against him carry mandatory prison sentences, and that charges will be issued in a timely manner. Raad Almansoori will reportedly stay in Arizona, per NBC News.


 

"This is not aimed the New York Police Department at all. I know they did a hard job, they did a good job, but we will not be agreeing to extradition," Mitchell told reporters. "I've instructed my extradition attorneys not to agree to that. We're going to keep him here."

"Having observed the treatment of violent criminals in the New York area by the Manhattan DA there, Alvin Bragg," she explained, "I think it's safer to keep him here and keep him in custody so that he cannot be out doing this to individuals either in our state, county or anywhere in the United States."

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David

"Republican Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell, citing the soft-on-crime practices of New York's Democrat District Attorney Alan Bragg, stated that her office would not allow the extradition of Almansoori to New York." Awesome! My wife and I moved out of Kalifornia (another soft on crime state), the week after I retired. Loving it here in Arizona now. Rachael Mitchel makes us proud. Let's us know we made the right decision.

Rocco

Thank you, Rachel Mitchell! Alvin Bragg is a disgrace to the profession of someone whose job it is to protect the citizens of the people he is supposed to serve. I'm also happy that we still have someone here in Arizona that has a brain and knows that we need to keep criminals locked up. Hopefully, our new democrat governor takes a hint from Republican Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell.

Deana

Thank you for keeping the American people safe by keeping this criminal locked up...We appreciate you❤️

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