Arizona Prosecutor Balks at Suspect Extradition to New York

( – Prosecutors in Arizona have declined to extradite a man accused of murder in New York City, citing how the District Attorney in Manhattan deals with violent criminals.

The suspect, 26-year-old suspect Raad Noan Almansoori, was arrested for the non-fatal stabbings of two women in Arizona on Sunday, February 18th. Almansoori is also wanted in connection with the murder of 38-year-old Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, who was found dead in Manhattan on February 8th inside a SoHo 54 Hotel room. After Almansoori was arrested in Arizona, he told law enforcement that he was wanted for murder in New York, telling officers to look up “SoHo 54 Hotel.” Almansoori has been on bail since September 2023 after being arrested in Florida in April of that year for kidnapping and assault.

Rachel Mitchell, the District Attorney in Maricopa County held a press conference stating that Almansoori would not be sent back to New York City. Mitchell explained that the decision to keep Almansoori in Arizona was not directed at the New York Police Department, who she praised for their hard work, but due to Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan District Attorney. She suggested that it would be safer to keep Almansoori in custody in Maricopa County, citing “the treatment of violent criminals” in Manhattan, such as the group of illegal immigrants who attacked two NYPD officers in Times Square who were recently released without bail.

Emily Tuttle, a spokesperson for D.A. Bragg, said Mitchell was “playing political games in a murder investigation,” calling it a “slap in the face” to both the victim and the NYPD. Tuttle further added that the murder rate in New York City is only half of Phoenix’s murder rate, and highlighted that murders are down 24% since Bragg was elected as D.A.

However, the president of the NYPD Detectives Endowment Association, Paul DiGiacomo, supported Mitchell’s decision to not extradite the suspect to New York, criticizing Bragg for being soft on crime.

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