Fugitive w/$10 million bond likely to remain free

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VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The man wanted for a shooting has fled the country. 

20-year-old Rod Al-Ruwaily is the suspect. On January 16th three shots were fired from a house just outside of Georgetown toward a vehicle that was in the driveway. A stray bullet hit a woman in her car as she was driving south on Route 1. 

The Vermilion County Sheriff’s Office says Al-Ruwaily is charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a fire arm, aggravated battery with a firearm, and possession of a weapon without a FOID card. 

But there’s a big chance he won’t be arrested. He fled the country and is now in Saudi Arabia. The State Department says the U.S. doesn’t have extradition treaties with that country. So if he stays there, there’s nothing the Sheriff’s Office can do. 

This isn’t Al-Ruwaily’s first run-in with the law. Georgetown police say he’s been arrested more than once. They won’t release any details because it happened when he was a juvenile. 

The owner of Flowers on Main in Georgetown says Al-Ruwaily’s face is familiar because he has done damage to his property in the past. Nick Krabel says, “One night in October of 2016 he ran his car into our greenhouse fans. We heard the crash in our house, which is half a block away.”

The crash caused about $50,000 in damage. He says, “It bent the trusses, busted the walls and posts out and ripped the fans completely off.” 

Krabel’s insurance covered most of the damage, but he had to pay a couple thousand out of pocket. 
Krabel says, “We talked to the state’s attorney and they were going to take care of the charges and then I didn’t hear anything else about it. I went on the court date and he didn’t show up.”

A letter from the state’s attorney says Al-Ruwailey pleaded guilty in this case. But as for the charges he’s facing now for the shooting, only time will tell. 

The victim of the shooting is still in the hospital recovering. Al-Ruwaily’s bond is set at $10,000,000. The state’s attorney says she can’t remember the last time a bond was set that high in Vermilion County.

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