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Syrian National Faces Stalking Charge In CT

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Federal Courthouse in New Haven. Photo Credit: U.S. Federal Courthouses

A Syrian national who allegedly threatened and bullied his wife while in federal custody is facing prison time after being charged by a federal grand jury in Connecticut.

Alaa Hasan Qalb Allouz, 34, a resident of Syria living in New Haven has been indicted on a charge of stalking in violation of a protective order after allegedly abusing his former wife.

In July 2016, Allouz, his wife and their children emigrated from Syria and settled in New Haven, U.S. Attorney John Durham said. In April the following year, Allouz’s wife filed a petition for a dissolution of marriage following several domestic violence incidents. Durham noted that the attempt at breaking up the marriage came following several arrests for Allouz, for risk of injury, assault, breach of peace, and violation of a protective order offenses.

In July 2017, Allouz’s wife received a Standing Criminal Protective Order, which ordered him not to have contact with her. In August that year, Allouz allegedly threatened his wife, which led her to withdraw her petition for the dissolution of marriage.

On Feb. 2 last year, Allouz was taken into custody by ICE on a federal arrest warrant and order of deportation. Allouz was transferred from a Connecticut state prison to a detention center in Massachusetts.

While he was detained in ICE custody, Allouz allegedly made multiple phone calls to his wife, during which he allegedly repeatedly harassed, threatened and intimidated her. Allouz also made calls to other people, during which he threatened to harm his wife and her family members. Allouz also threatened his wife and her family members in letters and emails.

Allouz has been detained since his arrest on Jan. 10, 2017. If he is convicted, Allouz faces a minimum term of one year in prison and up to five years behind bars. No return court date has been announced.

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