'Westernized' Daughter Dies After Being Run Over by Father

Charges against Iraqi immigrant Faleh Hassan Almaleki to be upgraded.

ByABC News
October 22, 2009, 12:44 PM

Nov. 3, 2009— -- An Arizona woman allegedly run over by her Muslim father for becoming "too Westernized" has died.

Police in Peoria, Ariz., expect to upgrade the charges against the woman's father, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, currently being held on two counts of aggravated assault after a 10-day manhunt ended Friday in London.

Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, clung to life for nearly two weeks after being run down by her father's car. Her boyfriend's mother, 43-year-old Amal Edan Khalaf, was also injured in the attack and remains hospitalized with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

"It occurred because her not following traditional family values. We've been told that by everybody," Peoria Police spokesman Mike Tellef told ABCNews.com last month. "He felt she was becoming too westernized and he didn't like that."

Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Atlanta after he arrived at the airport there, having been sent back to the country from London.

Tellef said that Faleh Hassan Almaleki fled to Mexico after the incident and abandoned the Jeep Cherokee in Nogales, where police there eventually found and seized it, according to Peoria police.

Almaleki made his way to Mexico City, where he boarded a plane to London, but U.K. authorities refused to allow him into the country, and after U.S. officials were contacted, he was put on a plane back to the United States, the Peoria police said.