Iowa Couple Arrested For Helping Son Flee to Jordan After He Almost Killed Woman for Her $20,000 Earrings: Prosecutors

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May 13 2023, Published 3:15 p.m. ET

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The parents of a man in Iowa are accused of helping their son flee to Jordan after he strangled a woman while trying to take her pricey earrings, authorities said.

The trial for Ali Younes, 19, was scheduled to begin next week. He was arrested on an attempted murder charge after he allegedly tackled a woman and then strangled her at the University of Iowa while trying to steal her $20,000 earrings, prosecutors said, according to Fox News.

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While out on bail and on house arrest, prosecutors said Younes allegedly managed to remove a GPS ankle monitor, travel to Chicago and then board a May 6 flight to Jordan.

Younes had surrendered his U.S. passport but was able to take the flight using Jordanian travel documents, according to authorities.


The Johnson County Attorney’s Office and the University of Iowan police located the suspect’s father and mother and placed the pair under arrest on May 9 — Alfred Younes at the Omaha airport and Lima Younes in Sioux County, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing.


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