October 30th, 2009
04:16 PM ET

Iraqi man accused of running down daughter found in Atlanta

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/30/arizona.iraqi.daughter/story.faleh.almaleki.ppd.jpg caption="Authorities could not immediately say why Faleh Almaleki was in Atlanta, Georgia."]


Authorities said Friday that an Iraqi man, accused of running down his daughter in Arizona because she had become "too Westernized," has been taken into custody in Atlanta, Georgia.

U.S. Marshals arrested Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, in Atlanta, according to spokesman James Ergas.

Police in Peoria, Arizona, say Almaleki struck his 20-year-old daughter, Noor Faleh Almaleki, and her friend Amal Edan Khalaf with the Jeep Laredo he was driving in a parking lot in Peoria on October 20.

After the incident, Almaleki drove to Mexico, abandoning his vehicle in Nogales, Peoria police said in a statement Friday.

He then made his way to Mexico City and boarded a plane to London, England. British authorities denied him entry into the country, and he was put on a plane back to the United States, police said.

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