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Man who killed Fallon Smart with his car is on the run from authorities

Posted by on June 13th, 2017 at 7:44 am

Abdulrahman Noorah is wanted by authorities. Please be on the lookout.

Abdulrahman Noorah, the 21 year-old man who hit Fallon Smart with his car by speeding recklessly down Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in August 2016, is wanted by the authorities this morning after removing his GPS monitoring device.

Noorah was on house arrest awaiting trial on several felony warrants. He is charged with Reckless Driving, Failure to perform duties of a driver (hit-and-run), Manslaughter in the First Degree and three counts of Reckless Endangerment. Noorah posted $100,000 bail (10 percent of the full amount) after his arrest last August and had been enlisted in the Multnomah County Sheriff Department’s Pretrial Services Program.

Crimestoppers Oregon announced yesterday that Noorah had removed his electronic monitoring device over the weekend. Here’s more from the official notice:

Investigators are concerned that Noorah may be experiencing a mental health crisis as a result of the arrest and pending trial.

Noorah is described as a Saudi Arabian male, 6’0″ tall, and 150 pounds. His last known location was in the area of Southeast 106th Avenue and Division Street.

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In addition to a suspected mental health crisis, it’s likely that Noorah is simply running away from his responsibilities as a driver. His past behavior shows that he has no respect for the law and should not even have had the privilege of driving. According to to court records, he has had about 16 parking citations since March 2015 — including several for not having license plates, parking in a loading zone, and lack of a proper permit. He appeared in court for his tickets three times between October 2015 and May 2016 Noorah was driving on suspended license when he hit Smart.

Noorah hit Smart as she attempted to walk across Hawthorne Blvd. Her death sparked community protests and led to a road redesign.

According to news reports, Noorah is a native of Saudi Arabia and was in the U.S. on a student visa.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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9watts
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9watts

It is interesting that—if memory serves me—someone here in the bikeportland comments of one of the original articles on Noorah’s situation predicted this.

rick
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rick

How was there even a bail for this? I thought people need to pay the full amount for the bail before they are released? More eyes on the street !

Tom Hardy
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Tom Hardy

9Watts, you are right. ICE needs to keep a watch out at the airports. Especially the private air traffic and corporate jets.

SD
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Is there a current photo? I remember this one from the time of arrest and I imagine he may have cut his hair since then.

Mark
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Mark

Spineless coward. When was his next scheduled court appearance?

bikeninja
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bikeninja

Call in Dog the Bounty Hunter!

Gary B
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Gary B

“His past behavior shows that he has no respect for the law and should not even have had the privilege of driving …. Noorah was driving on suspended license when he hit Smart.”
Indeed. A lot of good that did.

rick
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rick

If he was here on a visa, does the hit-and-run crime and driving record crimes call for federal ICE enforcement to be involved now?

The eBike Store
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is he related to the House of Saud? if so, he is no longer in the country.

dan
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dan

The masses over at r/Portland are pretty convinced he’s already gone, spirited onto a private airplane or driven down to the Saudi consulate in LA for a new passport and a commercial flight home. $1M bail when you only have to put up 10% isn’t all that persuasive, apparently.

Mike Quigley
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Mike Quigley

At the University of Oregon Saudi students buy brand new Corvettes when they enroll, drive the hell out of them, get ticketed (which they ignore), then simply disappear. Uncanny how these guys get away with stuff. Seems like they have some kind of Svengali lock on America’s psyche.

jeff
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jeff

oh no, not a mental health crisis. sucks feeling responsible for willfully killing a teenager simply trying to cross a street legally. a mental health crisis seems the least that should happen to him.

bikeninja
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bikeninja

I have an idea, if this guys has left the country we can start our own new reality show with an even more effective star than that guy from Hawaii. The show would be a big hit around the world and Noorah would certainly be brought to justice. It would be called Putin the Bounty Hunter.

bikeninja
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bikeninja

And Steven Segal could be his sidekick.

Matthew in Portsmouth
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Matthew in Portsmouth

There is a pretty good chance that he’s no longer in Oregon, or even the USA. You don’t need a passport to get on a private plane. It is entirely feasible that his wealthy family paid some kind of private security company to spirit him out of the country and back to Saudi Arabia. If planned properly, he could have been on a plane out of the USA before the PPB/Multnomah County Sheriff got their act together. I think that the state should change the legislation relating to bonds, so that only entities that can be sued in the USA can put up a bond (not foreign embassies) or they put up the full amount of the bond. In cases where there is a really strong flight risk, bail should not be allowed.

I have a friend who worked at a diplomatic mission in Singapore in the 1990’s, every foreigner was considered a flight risk and was held in custody until trial, regardless of the crime, whether it was public drunkenness, theft, narcotics smuggling or murder (the latter two being capital crimes, bail was a non-issue).

Bike Curious
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Bike Curious

Okay, so he is (predictably) on the run. Can we talk about his fellow countrymen here on similar “cultural ambassador” visas. Attending low level courses (and failing) at low level public colleges. I sold pot to many of them when I first moved to town. Aside from constant requests for Hash, they would always ask for weapons. They don’t learn the language after years spent here for that purpose. They create networks of military aged men with burner phones lurking around the city. And they are attracted to bringing muscle cars downtown to cruise (almost always featuring wildly unsafe driving) for women, because that is the only way they get laid in Saudi.

I’ve seen them taken away from PSU dorms in handcuffs with the police saying “well, that’s not what she says”. Creepy!

What can we do about a specific group of immigrants (who would not suffer a drop in their standard of living if sent home) that has so many bad actors AND seemingly endless resources for defeating our justice system?

paikiala
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paikiala

I would presume someone is checking the nearest Saudi embassy, but I could be wrong.

Joe
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Joe

hit-and-runs need to stop and murder is murder. 🙁 how did this guy even get set free?

Tom
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Tom

Was the judge required to offer bail even though he was an extreme flight risk? And what’s the point of accepting bail from the embassy if the court cant collet when he jumps?

Cory Poole
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Cory Poole

Is this really the most recent photo we have of this guy? I’m guessing he could have changed his appearance significantly in the last year.

J_R
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J_R

Probably just choked on a soda and it dripped on the GPS.

Todd Boulanger
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Todd Boulanger

Yes, the [historic] poor state of motorist education and traffic safety attitudes in the Gulf nations and also the KSA is well researched (and personally observed in my roadway safety audit work overseas).

One of many such studies:
Attitudes and behaviors towards risky driving among adolescents in Saudi Arabia (2016)

“Nearly 40% of the students surveyed reported engaging in the risky driving behavior called ‘Tafheet’. Fifty-one percent of those who engage in dangerous activities also reported engaging in Tafheet. A higher proportion (70%) among those who believe Tafheet is a talent or a cool activity also engaged in Tafheet.” Many researchers recommend: ‘A curriculum of structured and stringent driving curriculum in school settings is needed to change a culture of risky driving is currently non-existent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).’
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352646716300035
http://www.scielo.br/pdf/jtl/v10n3/2238-1031-jtl-10-03-0025.pdf
etc…

I Voted For Trump
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I Voted For Trump

This case is 100% predictable. In 2016 ONLY ONE MAN, out of 20+ presidential candidates, said: “I want to stop people coming here who don’t love our country and our people.” Liberals became unhinged from that point until this very day. Liberals own this incident and many others far, far worse than this and we have not seen the last of it; we probably haven’t even seen the beginning of it. OWN IT!

Randee Peppercorn
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Randee Peppercorn

Imagine if he was a homosexual woman driving a car in saudi arabia he would be thrown off a building or beheaded. why no travel ban for saudis?

Denny Crane, Esq.
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Denny Crane, Esq.

Not sure about Oregon, but in many states he could not get bail without surrendering his passport. It is possible that the Saudi Embassy might issue him a replacement passport, but perhaps not if he showed up with an ankle monitor. Plus his name had been in the news, so they would be aware that they were aiding a fugitive. I suppose the question is “Do the Saudis care?”

Tom Hardy
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Tom Hardy

Interesting that the only news or action of notification was 4 seconds on channel 8 and here about Noorhan. apparently motorists killing a pedestrian, getting out on bail and skipping the country, is not as newsworthy as a malcontent wounding someone at a ballpark. 3 killed in Calif almost did not make the news.

Tom Hardy
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Tom Hardy

The only response from law enforcement in this case is “He’s gone?”

John Liu
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John Liu

Wow, thought I’d wandered into the Oregonian comments for a second.

estherc
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estherc

Why was he not in ICE lock-up pending trial?

rick
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rick

Any update ?