Shooting suspect flees area after posting bail
A Prineville man facing an attempted murder charge following a shooting on New Year's Day has fled the Crook County area after posting bail earlier this week.
According to District Attorney Wade Whiting, 26-year-old Omar Ramzi Araim posted bail on Wednesday evening. Security had been set at $710,000, and he was able to post 10 percent cash, $71,000, to get out of custody.
"Part of his release agreement as ordered by the court was that he was not to leave Crook County," Whiting said. "We had received information (Thursday) night and (Friday) morning that he had left the area. We ran down all of those leads and confirmed all of that information."
Authorities have not been able to locate Araim or bring him into custody since that time.
Circuit Court Judge Daina Vitolins signed an order Friday afternoon revoking his release agreement and issuing a warrant for his arrest, Whiting stated.
Araim was arrested and jailed on Jan. 1 after allegedly shooting Bend man Nicholas Ricks multiple times in the chest at Crossroads BBQ Pit & Pub. Ricks was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Whiting explained that the bail amount was set higher for Araim than other suspects facing an attempted murder charge.
"When he was arraigned on Tuesday on the information for the charges, I argued, based on a whole host of factors … for the bail to be set much higher," he said.
Those factors included the nature of the offense as well as Araim's dual citizenship in the United States and United Kingdom. Araim was ordered to surrender his passport, which Whiting said he did shortly after posting bail.
While setting a higher bail was an option, having no bail was not.
"The main instance where the judge does a no bail hold is for murder and aggravated murder," Whiting said. "This being an attempted murder case, the presumptive bail that is established by the presiding judge is $250,000."
On Friday, a Crook County grand jury returned a true bill indictment charging Araim with attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and eight counts of recklessly endangering another person.