Foreign national who triggered Fort Bragg gate closure to be deported
The foreign national who caused Fort Bragg's All American gate to close for several hours in March will not face charges and will be deported, court documents state
The foreign national who caused Fort Bragg's All American gate to close for several hours in March will not face charges and will be deported, court documents state.
An affidavit of the criminal complaint filed against Nouran Ahmad Shibab Sueidan states that he attempted to access Fort Bragg at 10:30 a.m. March 12 without proper identification and repeated requests to tour “the special operations facility.”
Sueidan faced seven charges that included resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
On Monday, those charges were dropped, court documents with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina state.
Sueidan's court-appointed attorneys requested his mental health evaluation March 19.
On March 27, a psychiatrist diagnosed Sueidan with “mental disorder that compromises his ability to stand trial,” based on observations, court documents state.
“The government does not disagree with (the psychiatrist's) opinion and conclusion as to the defendant's mental state,” court documents state.
An affidavit states that Sueidan first refused to show his identification, then provided an expired Jordanian passport, an expired Texas driver's license, expired vehicle registration and no proof of vehicle insurance to gate guards on March 12.
The gate guard expressed concern about the passport and visa's legitimacy, which appeared to have handwritten modifications, an investigator with Fort Bragg's Military Police Investigations and Provost Marshal Office wrote in the affidavit.
When going to the nearby visitor's center, officials noticed Sueidan's vehicle registration was expired and confirmed that his driver's license was expired. Officers detained him for his safety and the safety of others, the investigator said.
Sueidan repeatedly made comments about needing to enter the installation and “take a tour of the special operations facility,” the investigator wrote.
Officials said in Monday's court documents that because of the offense being a misdemeanor and Sueidan's anticipated deportation, charges will be dropped.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency issued a detainer against Sueidan in March, meaning if he was released or charges were dismissed he would be transferred to ICE detention.
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