ARRESTED: Ahmed Alaklouk in hotel overlooking Women’s March found with powerful firearms

BY ANNETA GRIFFEE / MARCH 12, 2018 /

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Ahmed Alaklouk, 22, a Saudi Arabian citizen and Tunisian native who is in the United States illegally on a terminated student visa, has been arrested in connection with gun and assault charges in two separate incidents in January.

According to a bombshell report by the Indianapolis Star, the man was discovered to have had an AR-15 style rifle, equipped with a scope and bump stock, in his truck, while he was checked into a downtown Indianapolis hotel, on the same day the Women’s March occurred in January. The hotel was overlooking the same area where thousands of people marched through the streets.

The first of Alaklouk’s two run-ins occurred around 3 a.m. on Jan. 20 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis, according to court records. 

Hotel security saw several firearms inside Alaklouk’s truck parked at the hotel: six handguns in the back seat, and a rifle in the front seat. 

Security called Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers. As police investigated, Alaklouk approached and said the truck belonged to him. Police told him to secure his weapons in a hotel safe or out of sight in his vehicle because leaving them in the open could result in a break-in. 

Alaklouk unlocked the truck and moved the rifle to the back seat, records say. 

As Alaklouk moved the rifle, officers saw that the weapon — which had been modified to function and look like an AR-15 — also contained a scope, bipod and bump stock. 

Around 7:45 a.m., hotel security again looked through the truck window and saw the rifle near the passenger seat. Security remained concerned because Alaklouk’s hotel room overlooked the gathering area of the Women’s March planned for that day. At least 3,500 people would later attend the march. 

Security and IMPD removed Alaklouk, and two other unidentified men in the room, from the hotel later that morning. 

The Indy Star reported that another incident occurred days later, on Jan. 27, at a tire shop Alaklouk’s reportedly owns, when he attacked two customers, pulled his gun on them and threatened to kill them. He was arrested by police that day.

Alaklouk’s student visa had been terminated in September 2017, according to Fox 59 News.

An immigration detainer has been placed on Alaklouk by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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