Arizona Prosecutor Refuses Extradition of Suspect in Soho Hotel Slaying, Citing Lack of Trust in Manhattan DA

Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell has announced that she will not extradite Raad Almansoori, the suspect in a brutal murder at a Soho hotel in Manhattan, back to New York. Mitchell cited her lack of trust in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s ability to handle hardened criminals as the reason behind her decision. Speaking at a press conference, Mitchell stated, “I think it’s safer to keep him here.”

Almansoori, 26, is currently being held without bail in Arizona on charges of carjacking, stabbing, and kidnapping. Last week, he allegedly beat and strangled Denisse Oleas-Arancibia to death at the Soho 54 Hotel on February 7. Oleas-Arancibia, an Ecuadorian immigrant working as an escort, had reportedly gotten into a dispute with Almansoori over payment.

The accused killer has a history of criminal activity, having lived in Texas, Florida, and Arizona. He has left a trail of arrests and crimes along the way, including an open criminal case in Florida for which he is currently out on bail.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) had expressed their intention to extradite Almansoori back to Manhattan to face murder charges in the Soho case. However, Mitchell’s decision has put a halt to that plan. In response, Bragg’s spokesperson, Emily Tuttle, criticized Mitchell for playing political games in a murder investigation. Tuttle emphasized the commitment of the NYPD and law enforcement partners to ensure New Yorkers’ safety.

Alvin Bragg has faced criticism in the past for his perceived leniency towards criminals, including his announcement that he would not prosecute certain offenses upon taking office. Paul DiGiacomo, president of the NYPD Detectives Endowment Association, expressed his disappointment, stating, “It’s a sad state of affairs in New York when you have prosecutors from other states who don’t trust that District Attorneys like Alvin Bragg will ensure justice.”

Maricopa County officials firmly believe that Almansoori was engaged in a crime spree that would have continued if he had not been apprehended. Mitchell’s decision to keep him in custody in Arizona aims to prevent him from causing harm in their state or elsewhere in the United States.

Author: CrimeDoor

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