Saudi-US woman accused of robbing 5 banks
Washington, September 29, 2013
A Saudi-American woman has been accused of robbing five banks in the US in the space of three weeks.
Ranya al-Huthaili, 23, who was arrested earlier this month on charges of robbing banks, will now remain in custody since she has been deemd a flight risk as court documents stated Saudi Arabia has no extradition pact with the US.
Surveillance images from the bank robberies showed Ranya al-Huthaili, a dual Saudi-U.S. citizen, wearing big black sunglasses, said a Star Tribune report.
In his ruling, US Magistrate Judge Steven Rau wrote that someone who recently became “romantically involved with Al-Huthaili called the defendant’s mother and asked whether Al-Huthaili could flee to Saudi Arabia to ‘make this all go away,’” according to the report.
Rau wrote that the defendant has acknowledged robbing four of the banks, it said.
Al-Huthaili, a 2008 graduate of Roseville High School, has now reportedly told authorities that she is hearing voices and has thoughts of self-harmm the report said.
It remains unclear how much Al-Huthaili was able to steal, or if her theft attempts were entirely successful, it added.