Arizona Police arrested six members of a devout Islamic family that tried to kidnap and murder their pregnant 20-year-old relative because they disapprove of her non-Muslim boyfriend. The Iraqi immigrant family, including the victim’s parents, had been harassing and hunting the girl, her boyfriend, and his family for several months.
The victim’s parents and siblings were all arrested. Ali, Zahraa, Yaser, Bashir, Souad, and Fares Alfartousi face kidnapping, domestic violence, aggravated robbery, and threat charges.
The victim, who is 20 weeks pregnant, reported to authorities that she believed her family would kill her because they felt she was bringing “dishonor” to them. The victim told officers she was afraid of dying in an “honor killing,” referencing Noor Almaleki, who was 20 when her Iraqi Muslim father ran over and killed her in an Arizona parking lot. The father was convicted of murder after prosecutors said he killed his daughter because he believed she had become too westernized and refused an arranged marriage.
Over 20 Previous Police Reports Filed
The pregnant woman and her boyfriend, and his family have filed more than 20 separate police reports with different Arizona police agencies over the last several months. These reports ranged from complaints of disorderly conduct and harassment to an escalation of aggravated assault and kidnapping.
The victim’s brother, Bashir Alfartousi, was first arrested by the Yuma Police Department and booked for kidnapping on March 24, 2021. According to the Yuma Police report, the victim stated that her brother had successfully kidnapped her at a Yuma hotel and planned to bring her back to her family’s home, where they would have likely killed her. The victim said she moved from Phoenix to Yuma after her family tried to kill her and her boyfriend.
In another incident on May 3, the boyfriend called Peoria police after receiving threats over a voicemail from Ali Alfartousi, the woman’s brother. Ali threatened to kidnap the teen daughter of the boyfriend’s mother if the victim wasn’t returned to his family. In the voicemail, he stated,
This is Ali, her brother. If you don’t bring my sister back, I’m going to kidnap your sister. I’m not scared of your American laws.”
Victim violently assaulted outside doctor’s office
On August 18, five of the victim’s family members, including her parents, tried kidnapping her at a parking lot in Avondale as she arrived at a doctor’s appointment.
The family cornered the five-month pregnant woman at the physician’s parking lot and pulled her into their vehicle. The family repeatedly punches the victim in her stomach. Two people helped her escape and called the police. The brothers, Fares, and Yaser, also attacked the boyfriend.
The family took the woman’s purse, the cellphones from the woman and her boyfriend and stole the boyfriend’s gun. The family initially described the incident as showing love for the victim, but surveillance video from the parking lot showed a violent attack on the pregnant woman and her boyfriend.
On August 26, the Peoria Police department served three search warrants at two homes in Peoria and an apartment in Glendale. The victim’s parents and siblings were arrested and were booked into jail on the following charges: Charges may be added or amended as needed.
- Fares Alfartousi, 63 – Kidnapping (Domestic Violence), Aggravated Robbery, Disorderly Conduct
- Souad Alfartousi, 59 – Kidnapping (Domestic Violence), Aggravated Robbery
- Ali Alfartousi, 33 – Kidnapping (Domestic Violence), Aggravated Robbery, Threats to intimidate with injury.
- Bashir Alfartousi, 36 – Kidnapping (Domestic Violence)
- Yaser Alfartousi, 35 – Kidnapping (Domestic Violence), Aggravated Robbery, Threats, Disorderly Conduct
- Zahraa Alfartousi, 31 – Kidnapping (Domestic Violence), Aggravated Robbery, Disorderly Conduct (Domestic Violence)
During police interviews with the victim’s parents, they told investigators they did not feel their actions were criminal. The brother, Ali, reported that he would still hunt down the victim even if he was in prison, and the victim was 80 years old. According to court documents, “Ali repeatedly said [the victim] was ‘blood’ and that it did not matter if [the victim] no longer wanted contact.”
Islamic Honor Killings
Honor-related violence is a phenomenon in Europe after it opened its borders to Islamic migration. America is now experiencing the same consequences of its open border and refugee policies. Honor killing is the product of a male chauvinist society that finds its justification in the Qur’an and Islamic tradition. The victim’s family wanted to kill her when she challenged male Islamic authority.
Honor violence ranges from emotional abuse to physical and sexual violence to murder. Male family members usually carry out the violence against female family members perceived to have disgraced the family. Polls show an overwhelming amount of Muslims supports honor killings. Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide.
The victims’ “offenses” ranged from entering into a relationship with a non-Muslim, getting pregnant, and living an excessively Western lifestyle. As you can see by the victim’s actions, she wanted to live free from her abusive Islamic upbringing.
The victim family’s treatment of women is learned from their Islamic faith and Prophet’s example. As reported previously at RAIR Foundation USA, there is nothing unusual or deviant in how she was treated in Islamic terms. Instead of the U.S. government and left-wing media condemning Islam’s view on women, they will insist this abuse is isolated and protect their socialist and sanitized reconstruction of Islam, created for Western consumption. The cost of covering for Islam continues to put Muslim women and all women in great harm.
Peoria police are encouraging those with any information regarding this case to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.