Fatal hit-and-run suspect helped to flee to Saudi Arabia
Newly-released photos from 2017 show a black SUV that helped Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah escape house arrest and flee to Saudi Arabia after he allegedly hit and killed a 15-year-old girl on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland.
KOIN 6 News reports that Noorah was awaiting trial on manslaughter charges for the August 2016 crash that killed Fallon Smart. He cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet and vanished in June 2017.
The Saudi Arabian consulate paid $100,000 to bail him out of jail in September 2016.
United States Marshals have confirmed Noorah is in Saudi Arabia but it's not clear how he got there.
Eric Wahlstrom, the supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal in Oregon, told KOIN 6 News the black GMC in the photos "is what we believe picked Noorah up in Portland near Southeast East 106th. Noorah is still believed to be currently in Saudi Arabia."
He added that U.S. officials with the Department of Homeland Security requested additional information about Noorah's inbound flight arrival in Saudi Arabia, "and those requests have gone answered. We will continue to work with HSI and our Office of International Affairs in attempts to get Noorah back to the U.S. for trial."
The U.S. Marshals, he told KOIN 6 News, "are still trying to determine exactly how he made it back to the kingdom and who assisted him with fleeing the U.S."
On August 19, 2016, Fallon Smart was crossing Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard around 43rd Avenue when she was hit by a speeding Lexus. She died at the scene.
The driver, Abdulrahman Noorah, was traveling between 55 and 60 mph, investigators said. Noorah was allegedly passing vehicles in the center lane along Hawthorne between 46th and 43rd avenues. Witnesses said the Lexus didn't stop after hitting the teen.
The Lexus returned to the scene, and police arrested Noorah.
In September 2016, a report generated by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recommended that Noorah not be released from custody.
"The defendant's reckless behavior…showed absolutely no regard for the safety of the community and resulted in the tragic death of a teenage girl," deputy Kari Kolberg wrote in her report.
Noorah's criminal defense attorney, Ginger G. Mooney, asked the court to have the report sealed "because implicit and explicit violent threats have been made publicly and privately against" her client.
Details of the threats were not made public.
KOIN 6 News is a media partner of the Portland Tribune.