Man Awaiting Trial For Murder Flees U.S. After Cutting Off GPS Monitoring Device In O’Brien County

A man awaiting trial for attempted murder, robbery, and theft has left his parent’s home in O’Brien county and has fled the country, according to law enforcement officials.

19-year-old Ali Younes was on house arrest with his family in O’Brien county pending trial for charges of first degree murder, first degree robbery and first degree theft stemming from an incident on April 25th of last year. Younes was accused of robbing and strangling a person on the campus of the University of Iowa. A judge granted Younes conditional pre-trial release which required him to wear a GPS monitoring device as well as surrender his passport and stay with his family.

Officials in the Johnson County Attorney’s Office were notified last Saturday that Younes had removed his monitoring device, and that law enforcement officials are unable to locate him. It’s believed Younes used travel documents and boarded a flight to Jordan from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Younes’s parents, Alfred Younes and Lima Younes, have been arrested and charged with escape from custody. Alfred Younes was arrested while attempting to board a flight from Omaha to Jordan. Lima Younes was arrested by the Orange City Police Department on Tuesday of this week.

(courtesy Community First Broadcasting station KUOO in Spirit Lake)