Saudi man, 20, wanted in Stafford is arrested
A man accused of sexual assault in Stafford County over the weekend was arrested Sunday as he was getting on a plane bound for Saudi Arabia, police said.
Hamad Mastour Alsuwat, 20, a Saudi citizen, is charged in Stafford with object sexual penetration, a felony that carries a potential life sentence.
According to Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy, the charge against Alsuwat stems from an incident Saturday at a county residence.
Deputy Thomas Grasso responded to the home and learned that a 17-year-old female resident had been sexually assaulted.
Alsuwat, who had been staying at the home as a foreign exchange student, was gone when Grasso arrived.
After determining that Alsuwat was a foreign exchange student, Detective Tim Covington contacted the Department of Homeland Security.
Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection later intercepted Alsuwat at Dulles International Airport as he was boarding a flight to his home country.
After verifying that he was the subject of the Stafford warrant, federal authorities turned Alsuwat over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition.
Alsuwat was in the Loudoun Adult Detention Center Monday night. It was not clear when he would be returned to Stafford.
Kennedy said no further information will be released regarding the incident because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.
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