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Published on February 22, 2024
Maricopa County Refuses to Extradite NYC Murder Suspect, Cites Manhattan DA's RecordSource: Facebook/Maricopa County Attorney's Office

In a controversial move, Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell has stated she will refuse to extradite Raad Almansoori, a murder suspect, to New York City, stirring a legal and political tempest. Almansoori is wanted in New York for the brutal killing of a woman in a SoHo hotel room, but Mitchell cited concerns over Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's handling of violent criminals as her reason to keep the suspect in Arizona. "We will not be agreeing to extradition," Mitchell declared, a stance that some critics suggest doubles as a play to appeal to her Republican base.

The suspect, 26-year-old Almansoori, faces charges in Arizona after allegedly stabbing two women, as per 12News. In a macabre parallel, he is also accused of bludgeoning Denisse Oleas-Arancibia to death in New York. Mitchell's refusal to extradite Almansoori hinges on Arizona state law, which mandates that his prosecution must start locally before New York's governor can potentially request extradition – a process that would only begin after the Arizona case concludes.

Addressing the media, a spokesperson from DA Bragg's office criticized Mitchell's decision: "It is deeply disturbing that DA Mitchell is playing political games in a murder investigation... It is a slap in the face to the victim in our case to refuse to allow us to seek justice and full accountability for a New Yorker's death," they conveyed, as reported by 12News.

Further to the pivotal New York case, Kenny, the NYPD's chief of detectives, indicated in a statement obtained by CNN, that Almansoori may be implicated in additional violent acts beyond what he's currently accused of in Arizona. The NYPD is earnestly appealing to law enforcement and communities across the nation, to potentially identify other victims that might have crossed paths with Almansoori.

Mitchell, meanwhile, is campaigning for reelection as county attorney, and her stance against DA Bragg, who is overseeing the prosecution of former President Donald Trump, appears to strategically cast her favorably before her constituents amidst her upcoming primary challenge. Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs is reportedly still examining the details of the Almansoori case, suggesting that this extradition confrontation may yet have more chapters to unfold.