President Donald Trump has been concerned with immigration policy since he first got involved in politics, and as his presidential campaign heated up, he pointed out that our failure to track those in our country on visas legally could cost lives. Turns out that once again, he was right.
A man who came to the United States on a since-expired student visa has been caught TWICE in January 2018 with weapons on him that he cannot legally possess. However, what he might have done with them may be the most disturbing thing, as he acted extremely strangely during the Women’s March in Indianapolis, which brought 3,500 women to downtown Indianapolis. He even had a cache of weapons, some set up very similarly to the AR-15 used by the Las Vegas shooter.
A terminated visa not only means that he is now an illegal immigrant, it also means that he is not legally able to possess certain things. Chief among those things are firearms.
Alaklouk last entered the United States legally in 2016. The visa he entered on was terminated in September 2017.
Alaklouk had two recent run-ins with the police concerning his illegally obtained firearms.
The first was on January 20 at the Indianapolis Hyatt Regency hotel downtown. Security at the hotel called Indianapolis police officers on Alaklouk because he left several firearms out in the open in his truck, which was parked at the hotel.
Police arrived and tolled Alaklouk that he should put his rifles somewhere, either in the hotel safe or hidden in his truck.
They suggested that leaving the rifles in an unattended parking lot could lead to a theft from his vehicle, and that, of course, would mean stolen firearms on the streets, in the hands of criminals.
According to police records, Alaklouk moved a rifle to the back seat, which police described as a ‘tricked out’ rifle with scope, bump-stock, and a bipod.
Alaklouk told police that his “fully tricked out” rifle belonged to his father.
Security at the hotel was uneasy, however. Alaklouk had rented a room directly above the Women’s March that was to take place later, and they didn’t like the combination of renting such a room and having an AR-15 that was equipped in a manner similar to that of the Las Vegas shooter.
Eventually, security threw him out of the hotel, saying that he hadn’t moved the rifles and they could still be easily seen through his truck’s window.
Security working with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department removed Alaklouk, along with two unidentified men, from the hotel room.
At this point, police and federal authorities began to wonder who Alaklouk was and whether or not he was legally in the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security quickly discovered that his student visa had been terminated months prior.
A week later, Alaklouk went a step too far while talking to customers at his business, which he owns, Medo Tire Shop, which is located on West 16th Street.
A woman bought a tire from the shop but found that it kept going flat and wouldn’t hold air.
The woman and her father returned to Medo to return the tire, and an argument ensued.
That argument eventually escalated into a fight.
According to court documents, Alaklouk grabbed the woman’s father by the neck, then threw him to the ground.
As the woman’s father tried to get up, a pair of Alaklouk’s employees surrounded him.
Alaklouk and one of his employees then pulled out handguns, according to court records and testimony.
The woman who bought the tire then returned to her car, grabbed her handgun, and fired a round into the air.
Then Alaklouk went into his shop, grabbed his rifle, and returned to the fray, telling the customer and her father that if they left, he would “f*****g kill” them.
He then instructed his employee to hold the two at gunpoint, while Alaklouk moved his truck behind his customer’s vehicle so that she couldn’t leave.
The woman called the cops, and when police arrived, Alaklouk dropped his handgun.
Now, Alaklouk faces a variety of charges, both in local courts and federal courts.
Currently, Alaklouk is only charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in federal courts.
However, federal investigators claimed that they are looking into whether or not he violated other provisions of federal law, though they have not specified what those might be.
In Marion County Superior Court, however, he faces five felony charges and one misdemeanor stemming from the second incident, the one which occurred at the business he owns.
He is facing two felony charges of criminal confinement (he refused to allow the woman or her father to go and held them at gunpoint), two felony charges of intimidation, and a felony count of unlawful possession of a firearm.
He also has a battery misdemeanor charge to deal with.
He faces multiple decades of time in prisons both federal and local.
In an interesting twist, the Department of Homeland Security placed an immigration detainer on the local jail for Alaklouk, meaning that he will not be released from Marion County Jail until the Department of Homeland Security gives permission.
Usually, an immigration detainer means that the Department of Homeland Security is beginning the deportation process on an individual held in jail for some other reason.
At this point, it’s hard to tell where the firearms came from. The rifle, which Alaklouk originally claimed belonged to his father after the first encounter with police, he claimed was given to him after working on a customer’s tires.
He also claimed that one of his handguns came from a customer, who sold it for $300 to Alaklouk.
Indiana requires a permit to purchase a pistol or to transfer one. Indiana also requires that transfers of pistol be made through an FFL, and even requires that local sheriffs sign off on the acquisition.
His tire store also seemed to be less than legal in its operations. The Secretary of State’s website in Indiana couldn’t turn up any filings concerning the store and its operations.
The tire store also didn’t have a website or any pricing information. In fact, it appeared that the store did its business mostly through Facebook Marketplace.
It sounds like Alaklouk may be on his way out of the country. It’s just lucky that he was arrested before he could actually hurt someone.