delving into the background of a Darien, Ill., man who Portage Police said
struck an officer with his vehicle on Tuesday and yelled “Allah Hu Akbar”
while being taken into custody, after multiple driver’s licenses and a
passport with destinations in the Middle East and Europe were found in his
Faiz Abul Ikramulla,
34, was charged with three counts of resisting law enforcement, two counts
of battery to law enforcement, four counts of criminal recklessness and one
count of leaving the scene of an accident.
police, at 11:34 a.m. the PPD received two calls about a suspicious vehicle
with Illinois registration, one from a woman who advised that its driver was
following her, the other from a resident of Terry Ave. who reported that the
driver was urinating on his lawn. An officer subsequently located the
suspect vehicle, a silver Subaru Legacy, eastbound on Stone Ave., and
executed a traffic stop on it in the area of Willowdale Road.
As the officer
approached the vehicle, however, the driver--later identified as Ikramulla--drove
off, police said.
attempted again to make contact with the driver, after the latter turned
into a driveway on Morehouse Court. On this occasion Ikramulla fled again,
this time, though, striking the officer with his vehicle, police said.
By this point
multiple officers were engaged in the pursuit of Ikramulla, who drove into a
PPD squad car parked just off the roadway at Central Ave. and Willowdale
Road, in anticipation of deploying stop sticks, police said. Ikramulla
continued to flee westbound on Central Ave. until officers finally managed
to perform a “pit maneuver,” boxing in the Subaru, police said.
refused to concede defeat, was able to restart his car, and began “ramming
forward and backward” into a pair of squad cars, police said. Officers then
Tased Ikramulla, who “pulled the probes out of his stomach region and
disregarded officers’ commands,” police said.
succeeded in pulling Ikramulla from his vehicle, at which point he shouted
“There is only one true God” and then “Allah Hu Akbar,” “several times
over,” police said.
treated at Porter Portage Hospital Campus for facial and hand injuries
sustained in the incident, police said. Two officers were also treated and
released, one for a partially torn thumb tendon, the other--the officer
struck by Ikramulla’s
vehicle--for a contusion to the arm, police said.
“A search of the
vehicle also yielded plates from Wisconsin and driver’s licenses from
Wisconsin and Illinois,” police said. “Additionally, a passport with
destinations of Saudi Arabia, China, Romania, Germany, and Amsterdam was
located. Additional investigation is being conducted to determine how and
why Mr. Ikramulla found his way here.”
“I want to commend
all officers involved in what initially started out as a suspicious vehicle
call into an all-out vehicle pursuit with no regard by the suspect and his
attempts to purposely injure officers,” Police Chief Troy Williams said.
“This very easily could have become a deadly force situation. Your city
streets are safer because of the brave men and women who put their life on
the line daily whenever the call arises.”