Tuesday, April 21, 2015

U.S. Marshals Arrest Kansas Woman Wanted for 2009 Murder

Authorities take her into custody after she arrives at Chicago airport

Topeka, KS – U.S. Marshals recently arrested a Kansas woman at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for a 2009 murder.

Eman Emad Malkawi, 27, was wanted on a first-degree murder warrant stemming from the February 2009 killing of Andres Arteaga-Vega in Topeka.

A warrant was issued for Malkawi’s arrest in March 2010, but she fled the state to avoid prosecution. Information was developed that she was most likely residing in the country of Jordan. With the assistance of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, Malkawi was located on a flight from Jordan to Chicago on April 18. When she landed, she was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Cook County Jail where she is being held pending extradition back to Shawnee County, Kansas.

Malkawi is one of four people charged with Arteaga-Vega’s killing, and is facing additional charges to include conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and aiding a felon.

The U.S. Marshals worked in coordination with the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office to arrest Malkawi.

“This is a great example of federal and local resources working together to apprehend a violent fugitive,” said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Craig Beam of the District of Kansas.

“The U.S. Marshals see to it that there is no safe haven for criminals who flee the territorial boundaries of the United States,” Beam said

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