Arizona Prosecutor Refuses Extradition of Murder Suspect: Sparks Controversy with Manhattan DA

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell stated on Wednesday that a suspect in a New York City hotel murder who was arrested in Arizona on separate charges will not be deported because Manhattan prosecutors are investigating other cases.

Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny of the New York City Police Department said that 26-year-old Raad Almansoori was detained in Arizona this week on charges of stabbing two women in that state.

Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, 38, was discovered dead in her SoHo hotel room in February with a bloody iron next to her body.

Police have charged Almansoori and are seeking him in New York in connection with her death. Homicide was the official verdict.

“We will not be agreeing to extradition… We’re going to keep him here,” Mitchell told reporters Wednesday. “These are mandatory prison sentences, and having observed the treatment of violent criminals in the New York area by the Manhattan DA there, Alvin Bragg, 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 or county or anywhere in the United States.”

Mitchell was very clear that he was targeting the Manhattan district attorney and not the New York Police Department with his judgment.

It is “deeply disturbing” that the Arizona prosecutor is “playing political games in a murder investigation,” according to a Bragg spokesperson who refuted the accusations in a statement.

“In Manhattan, we are serious about New Yorkers’ safety, which is why murders are down 24% and shootings are down 38% since DA Bragg took office,” Emily Tuttle, the Manhattan District Attorney, said. “New York’s murder rate is less than half that of Phoenix, Arizona, because of the hard work of the NYPD and all of our law enforcement partners. It is a slap in the face to them and to the victim in our case to refuse to allow us to seek justice and full accountability for a New Yorker’s death.”

Since Bragg instructed his aides in 2022 not to request bail, even in “bail eligible” instances, he has been the target of criticism.

His recommendations followed a contentious state bail reform bill from 2020 that, according to opponents, endangers communities by removing judges’ authority to set bonds in many cases.

Arizona Prosecutor Refuses Extradition of Murder Suspect Sparks Controversy with Manhattan DA

Bail was not set for four of the seven individuals who were indicted in January for attacking NYPD officers near Times Square.

The individuals involved in the attack outside of a migrant shelter were facing felony charges; the prosecution may have sought bail for them, especially considering that they were residing in a temporary shelter for migrants and lacked the “ties to the community” necessary to guarantee their appearance in court. Local and state authorities were critical of prosecutors not requesting bail.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, stated: “When you have prosecutors from around the country that can’t trust that District Attorneys like Alvin Bragg will ensure justice, you know we have a real crisis. NYPD Detectives have seen it firsthand as the violent criminals they arrest are freed within moments. They’re fed up — and New Yorkers should be too!”

“Blunt force trauma to the head” was the cause of Oleas-Arancibia’s death in New York, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Kenny, who cited the medical examiner’s office. “Bits of plastic were found embedded inside of her skull,” Kenny reported.

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An argument about how much time Almansoori could spend in the victim’s hotel room, according to Kenny, was probably the root cause of the tragedy. Video canvasses, witness interviews, and tracking of credit card use led detectives to the culprit, they claimed.

Almansoori is wanted for allegedly stabbing a female victim in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 17, nine days after Oleas-Arancibia was found in New York during a carjacking incident.

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Authorities in Sunrise, Arizona, were summoned the following day to a McDonald’s after discovering a woman suffering from numerous stab wounds. While operating a stolen vehicle, Almansoori was apprehended in Scottsdale.

According to Kenny, “While in custody of Arizona law enforcement, (the suspect) informs them that he is wanted for homicide in New York City and tells the cops that they should Google ‘SoHo 54 hotel.”

Almansoori reportedly told Arizona police that he had three more female victims in Florida, so authorities are looking into the potential that there may be more victims.

The NYPD has issued an appeal to law enforcement and communities around the country, claiming that there is a risk of further victims anywhere Almansoori has been. 

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