Man wanted in Orange County rapes arrested in Austria
One of Orange County's 10 Most Wanted men, who is accused of raping several women, on Friday was expected to be extradited to the United States from Austria, where international police tracked him down.
Ali Achekzai, 32, formerly of Ladera Ranch, was expected to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport. From LAX, he was to be taken to Orange County, where he faces a slew of felony charges, including two counts of rape, two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object, aggravated assault, intent to commit a sexual offense and enhancements for sexually assaulting more than one victim and causing great bodily injury.
Achekzai's arrival in Southern California would end a months-long international manhunt, while locally police have been looking for him since 2004.
Prosecutors are charging him with assaulting three women in Southern California but are asking for the public's help in identifying other potential victims.
His first victim, according to prosecutors, was a woman outside a Costa Mesa home in 2002. Achekzai was partying with four people in Laguna Beach before they all took a limousine back to a Costa Mesa man's home to drop him off, officials said.
Prosecutors claim that when Achekzai remained in the car with two of the women, who were both asleep, he undressed one of them and began fondling her.
The woman woke up screaming and Achekzai swore at her and told her to shut up, according to prosecutors.
Authorities said Achekzai raped two women in 2004.
-- Joseph Serna reporting for the Daily Pilot