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Tunisian Native in US Illegally Faces Gun, Criminal Confinement Charges in Indianapolis

Tunisian Native in US Illegally Faces Gun, Criminal Confinement Charges in Indianapolis”

A Tunisian native allegedly in the USA illegally was charged Wednesday over an incident that involved an AR 15-style rifle with a bump stock being found outside an Indianapolis hotel before a popular women's march, The Indianapolis Star reported.

A week later, police responded to another firearm-related incident involving Alaklouk roughly four miles west of the hotel. His illegal status bars him from firearm possession under federal law.

During their first encounter with Alaklouk at 3 a.m. on January 20, police told him "not to leave firearms in the open due to the amount of vehicle break ins that occur in the downtown Indianapolis area", the complaint said.

At 3 a.m. on January 20, a front desk manager at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis told a security officer there that someone had reported firearms in a vehicle at the hotel.

Security and Indianapolis police made a decision to remove Alaklouk and two others from the hotel that morning.

There was an AR-15-style rifle stowed between the front passenger seat and the middle console of the pickup, as well as six handguns scattered in the back, according to a criminal complaint. They found a handgun at Alaklouk's home.

Alaklouk reportedly faces state charges and the federal gun charge. Alaklouk approached the investigating officers, confirming it was his vehicle.

As the woman got in the auto to leave, Alaklouk kicked the vehicle and then blocked her auto in with his own vehicle, the complaint said. Police told Alaklouk to secure the weapons because someone could break into his truck and steal them, the IndyStar reported.

When police spoke to the man the auto was registered to - Ahmed Alaklouk, 22 - he admitted the vehicle was his, and said the rifle belonged to his father. Realizing his room overlooked the march, the hotel asked police to remove Alaklouk.

Security and IMPD removed Alaklouk and two other men from the hotel that morning and monitored him at the business he owns, Medo Tire Shop at 3546 W. 16th St. The agency discovered that Alaklouk's student visa had been terminated in September 2017.

The confrontation arose after the woman complained that Alaklouk sold her a tire that would not hold air.

A representative for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Alaklouk was arrested, but did not provide additional comment. Morris also told police Alaklouk threatened to kill her and her father if they left the shop.

During the incident, Alaklouk and another employee pulled handguns on the woman and her father.

When interviewed by investigators, Alaklouk said Byron Morris became angry and pushed him. Alaklouk told police he grabbed a BB gun from his vehicle to scare Morris and that while he held a the AR-15-style rifle during the incident, he did not point it at them. Alaklouk also said he'd received the rifle in exchange for "work done on tires on a customer's auto". He said he had lied to police outside the Hyatt Regency about the where he got the gun because "he was scared to get arrested".

Alaklouk told police he had been in the Saudi military before quitting, and wanted to join the U.S. Air Force, according to the complaint.

Alaklouk's wife, Amber Alaklouk, told police her husband gave her the pink gun to protect herself two weeks earlier. He was not listed in online jail records on Monday night.



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