Peoria police files charges against family of 6 allegedly targeting pregnant relative

Aug 28, 2021, 7:00 AM
(Facebook Photo/Peoria Police AZ)...
(Facebook Photo/Peoria Police AZ)
(Facebook Photo/Peoria Police AZ)

PHOENIX — The Peoria Police Department filed multiple charges against six family members for allegedly targeting and kidnapping a pregnant 20-year-old relative, authorities said Thursday.

Officers learned of a kidnapping in Avondale on Aug. 18 where the victim was taken from a parking lot as she arrived at a doctor’s appointment, pulled into a vehicle, then punched in her stomach by five family members, the press release said.

Two nearby witnesses helped the victim, who authorities have not identified, which allowed her to escape from her Alfartousi family members: Zahraa (31 years old), Yaser (35), Fares (63), Ali (33) and Souad (59).

Her brother Bashir, 36, had been arrested and booked by the Yuma Police Department in March for attempting to kidnap her. The victim said after he kidnapped her, he “planned to bring her back to her family where she would have likely been killed,” according to a Yuma police report.

The Peoria Police Department also said in May 2021, officers responded to threat calls informing them the family of the victim’s boyfriend was being threatened by the victim’s family.

Detectives learned during the investigation that the pregnant woman, along with her boyfriend and his family, have filed at least 20 separate police reports with different state police agencies, the press release said. Reports ranged from harassment to an escalation of aggravated assault and kidnapping.

On Thursday, the Peoria Police Department arrested and booked the victim’s parents and siblings into jail on various charges, including kidnapping, robbery, threats and disorderly conduct.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

No additional information was available.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/U.S. Forest Service - Coconino National Forest)...

Coconino and Kaibab forests in northern Arizona lift fire restrictions

Having received significant precipitation from recent storms, the Coconino and Kaibab forests in northern Arizona announced Tuesday that fire restrictions have been lifted.
17 hours ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs $18 billion budget for 2023 fiscal year

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed the $18 billion budget into law that makes hefty investments in education, border security and infrastructure.
17 hours ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
Danny Shapiro

Former GOP congressman Matt Salmon drops out of race for Arizona governor

With about a week until early voting for Arizona's primary election, Matt Salmon pulled out of Republican race for governor on Tuesday.
17 hours ago
(Airbnb Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Airbnb makes party ban policy permanent, says it had big impact in Arizona

Airbnb said Tuesday its party ban has been so effective, especially in Arizona, that the vacation rental platform is making the policy permanent.
17 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Phoenix police shoot armed suspect near 52nd Street and Thomas Road

Phoenix police shot and critically wounded a man they said pointed a gun at them during a confrontation Monday evening.
17 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Goodyear Police Department)...

1 killed at Goodyear home; police search for suspect

Police are searching for a suspect who fled the scene of a homicide at a Goodyear home early Tuesday.
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Day & Night Air

Tips to lower your energy bill in the Arizona heat

Does your summer electric bill make you groan? Are you looking for effective ways to reduce your bill?
Arizona Division of Problem Gambling

Arizona Division of Problem Gambling provides exclusion solution for young sports bettors

Sports betting in Arizona opened a new world to young adults, one where putting down money on games was as easy as sending a text message.
Peoria police files charges against family of 6 allegedly targeting pregnant relative