Indonesia extradites ex-police officer sought in US murder

Updated 02 September 2015

Indonesia extradites ex-police officer sought in US murder

BALI, Indonesia: A former Austin, Texas, police officer sought in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend was extradited Wednesday from Indonesia to the United States.
VonTrey Jamal Clark who entered in July was deported through Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali resort island.
Clark, 32, was handed over to 13 agents of the FBI and was flown to Texas on a specially chartered plane from the bureau.
Bali police spokesman Hery Wiyanto said Clark arrived in Indonesia on July 19 on an American Airlines flight through Jakarta. He was then arrested in Canggu neighborhood in Bali on July 30 based on a red notice from Interpol.
He said Clark had moved repeatedly to avoid arrest. He was to have been captured earlier in a hotel in Kuta neighborhood, but he managed to escape and hired a villa in Cangu, where he was arrested.
Indonesian police have said Clark is a suspect in the Feb. 4 murder of Samantha Dean, who was found shot to death behind a vacant building. An autopsy indicated she was seven months pregnant.
Dean, 29, coordinated victims’ services for the Kyle Police Department, serving a small city south of Austin in central Texas.
Formal charges have not been filed in her slaying.
Media in Austin have reported Clark joined the police department in 2012 and was fired in July for insubordination and neglect of duty. His lawyer has been quoted as saying the allegations regarding his job didn’t merit a firing and the trip to Indonesia was not an attempt to flee.


FBI: Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in US Navy base attack

Updated 09 December 2019

FBI: Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in US Navy base attack

  • Special agent Rachel Rojas thanked Saudi Arabia for its cooperation in the investigation
  • Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was shot dead after he opened fire and killed three people at the base in Florida

PENSACOLA: Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone on Friday when he killed three people and wounded eight at a US Navy base in Pensacola, Florida before being fatally shot by police, the FBI said on Sunday.
Rachel Rojas, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville office, said the shooter used a Glock model 45 9mm handgun that he had purchased legally in Florida.
“We currently assess there was one gunman who perpetrated this attack and no arrests have been made in this case,” Rojas, the lead investigator on the case, said at a news conference.
“We are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right,” she said.
Authorities confirmed the suspect was a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force who was on the base as part of a US Navy training program designed to foster links with foreign allies.
The FBI identified him as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21.
A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot the gunman, authorities said, ending the second deadly attack at a US military base within a week. Within hours, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had called US President Donald Trump to extend his condolences and pledge the Kingdom’s support in the investigation.
Rojas said there were several Saudi students who were close to the shooter and are cooperating with investigators.
“Their Saudi commanding officer has restricted them to base, and the Saudi government has pledged to fully cooperate with our investigation,” she said. “I thank the kingdom for their pledge of full and complete cooperation.”

Meanwhile, a second victim was identified as Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida, who joined the Navy after graduating from high school last year, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Haitham's mother, Evelyn Brady, herself a Navy veteran, said the commander of her son's school called her and told her Haitham had tried to stop the shooter.