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Iraqi man accused of running down daughter charged with assault

Police say Faleh Hassan Almaleki was angry that his daughter was not living according to traditional Iraqi values.
Police say Faleh Hassan Almaleki was angry that his daughter was not living according to traditional Iraqi values.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Authorities book Faleh Hassan Almaleki into Arizona jail on two counts of aggravated assault
  • Faleh Hassan Almaleki struck daughter, friend with car in Arizona parking lot, police say
  • Dad thought Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, had become "too Westernized," officials say
  • After incident, Almaleki fled to Mexico, attempted to catch flight to England
RELATED TOPICS
  • Criminal Assault
  • Peoria
  • Iraq

(CNN) -- An Iraqi man accused of running down his daughter in Arizona because she had become "too Westernized" is being held on two counts of aggravated assault, police said Saturday.

Police in Peoria, Arizona, say Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, 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 and abandoned his vehicle in Nogales, Peoria police said.

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.

He was taken into custody Friday in Atlanta, Georgia, and was extradited to Arizona on Saturday, police said.

There, authorities booked him on two counts of aggravated assault and transported him to a Maricopa County jail in Phoenix, police said.

Almaleki was angry with his daughter "as she had become too 'Westernized' and was not living according to [the family's] traditional Iraq[i] values," Peoria police said in a statement last week.

The daughter was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and remains "unresponsive," Peoria police said Friday.

Khalaf, 43, was hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening. She is in serious but stable condition, police said.

Peoria is about 13 miles northwest of Phoenix.

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