A Syrian national living in Connecticut has admitted to harassing, threatening and intimidating his wife amid divorce proceedings while he was detained by ICE.
Alaa Hasan Qalb Allouz, a citizen of Syria last known to live in New Haven, pleaded guilty in New Haven federal court to one count of stalking in violation of a protective order.
U.S. Attorney John Durham said that in July 2016, Allouz, his wife and children emigrated from Syria and settled in New Haven. In April the following year, Allouz’s wife filed a petition for a dissolution of marriage following several domestic violence incidents and Allouz’s arrests for risk of injury, assault, breach of peace, and violation of a protective order offenses.
In July 2017, Durham said that risk of injury, assault, breach of peace, and violation of a protective order offenses’s wife obtained a Standing Criminal Protective Order ordering Allouz not to contact her. The following month, after Allouz threatened his wife, she withdrew her petition for a dissolution of marriage.
On Feb. 2 last year, Allouz was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a federal arrest warrant and order of deportation. He was subsequently transferred from a Connecticut state prison to a detention center in Massachusetts.
While detained by ICE, Allouz made multiple phone calls to his wife, during which he harassed, threatened and intimidated her, Durham said. He also made calls to others, 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 Jan. 10, 2017. On Feb. 5 this year, a federal grand jury indicted him on the stalking charge. Allouz is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 20, at which point he will face a mandatory minimum term of one year and a maximum term of five years in prison. It is unclear if he will face deportation.
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