AZ prosecutor refuses to extradite violent criminal to NYC over soft-on-crime policies: ‘Safer to keep him here’

An Arizona prosecutor is refusing to extradite a violent criminal to New York City precisely because of the city’s soft-on-crime prosecutors.

The criminal, Raad Almansoori, was arrested this month in Arizona for  allegedly stabbing two people yet is also wanted in New York City for killing a sex worker.

But because of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s track record — he oftentimes goes soft on violent criminals — Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell refuses to extradite Almansoori.

Appearing this Thursday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Mitchell explained why.


“I’m putting the victims first and making sure that he stays in custody,” she bluntly said. “And again, this is not casting aspersions on NYPD, but … it was just a couple of weeks ago that some of the illegal immigrants that were in New York City who beat up on police officers were let go.”

“They were flipping the camera off as they walked out of jail, and guess where they ended up? Four of them ended up in Maricopa County, and they had to be taken into custody here. I don’t want that to happen. I don’t want this individual getting out and be able to victimize more people,” she added.

During a press conference Wednesday, Mitchell reportedly referenced Bragg by name.

“Having observed the treatment of violent criminals in the New York area by the Manhattan D.A. there, Alvin Bragg, I think it’s safer to keep him here and keep him in custody so that he cannot be out and doing this to individuals either in our state or county or anywhere in the United States,” she said.

Bragg, a far-leftist who’s demonstrated more interest in prosecuting former President Donald Trump than in prosecuting violent criminals, is unhappy with Mitchell.

In a statement to Fox News, his office called her decision “deeply disturbing” and predictably accused her of playing “political games.” Note that Democrats often accuse others of playing “political games” when they don’t get what they want.

“It is deeply disturbing that DA Mitchell is playing political games in a murder investigation,” Bragg representative Emily Tuttle said Wednesday.

“New York’s murder rate is less than half of that of Phoenix, because of the hard work of the NYPD. 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,” she added.

Never mind that this has nothing to do with murder rates. It’s about holding criminals responsible, which is something Bragg excels at not doing.

As for Almansoori’s crimes, they’re extensive.

First, he kidnapped and sexually assaulted sex worker Leah Palian, 26, in Florida.

“Almansoori stood over her with ‘blank eyes’ as he allegedly choked her inside her Orlando apartment while reportedly repeating: ‘I hate that I have to do this. I hate that I have to kill you,'” the New York Post reported after interviewing Palian.

She managed to escape, after which Almansoori was arrested and she begged prosecutors to keep him behind bars.

“I was begging them,” she told the Post. “I was like, ‘Please keep this man off the streets. If you let him go with a slap on the wrist, I guarantee you he will turn into the next Ted Bundy. He got such a rush from doing this. If he gets away with this, it’s going to further this rush and he’s going to become a serial killer.’”

Prosecutors refused to keep him behind bars, so not surprisingly, he is accused of killing 38-year-old Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, a New York mother of two who was reportedly found deceased inside the SoHo 54 Hotel on Watts Street in NYC on Feb. 8.

According to the Post, he hired her as an escort, but after the two got into an argument, he allegedly strangled and beat her to death with an iron.

Then earlier this week, Almansoori was arrested in Phoenix after he allegedly stabbed two women, one of whom he’d tried to rape in a McDonald’s restroom.

Palian told the Post she’s sadly not surprised by the additional attacks that occurred after she was assaulted.

“One of the things that is notable about serial killers is how they have no emotion behind their eyes whenever they are like this. It’s like dead eyes, and that’s what he had,” she said. “It was like no consciousness, no soul behind his eyes.”

Vivek Saxena


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