Case # 10HF1185
Date: June 15, 2015
MAN EXTRADITED FROM REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA AFTER FLEEING UNITED STATES IN 2010 AND ARRAIGNED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES INCLUDING THREATENING, ASSAULTING, AND FALSELY IMPRISONING FEMALE DOMESTIC PARTNER
SANTA ANA – A man was extradited from the Republic of Georgia and arraigned today after fleeing the United States in 2010 after being charged with domestic violence against a female domestic partner. Alireza Al Sazegari, 36, Lake Forest, is charged with one felony count each of domestic battery with corporal injury, kidnapping, criminal threats, aggravated assault, false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit, and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime with a sentencing enhancement allegation for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, Sazegari faces a maximum sentence of 12 years and three months in state prison. Sazegari is being held on $500,000 bail and his arraignment has been continued to, July 6, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At the time of the crime, Sazegari was in a romantic relationship with then 30-year-old Jane Doe and lived with the victim.
On July 6, 2010, Sazegari is accused of getting into a verbal argument with Jane Doe in his home. During the course of the argument the defendant is accused of slapping the victim in the face and then grabbing her by the hair and dragging her into the home’s bathroom. The defendant is accused of binding the victim’s wrists behind her back and ankles together with duct tape and placing a piece of duct tape over Jane Doe’s mouth. Sazegari is accused of locking the bathroom door and removing the door knob to prevent the victim from escaping.
Later that day, the defendant is accused of returning to the bathroom with a large knife and threatening the victim with violence if she attempted to leave or call the police. Sazegari is accused of forcing the victim to stay in a bedroom in the home.
On July 7, 2010, the defendant is accused of forcing the victim to call in sick to work and taking away her cell phone, credit cards, wallet, and car keys to prevent her from leaving the home. Sazegari is accused of locking the victim inside the residence before leaving for work. The defendant is accused of owning expensive surveillance cameras and fingerprint activated door locks and using them to monitor the victim.
One of the victim’s co-workers came to the home that day and found the victim. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) investigated this case and arrested the defendant that day.
The defendant was out of custody on $150,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 15, 2010. Sazegari is accused of fleeing the United States. In January 2015, Interpol identified the location of the defendant in the Republic of Georgia, where he was arrested based on his outstanding warrant from Orange County. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Department of Justice, and United States Department of State collaborated with representatives of the Republic of Georgia, including the Patrol Police and Head Prosecutor’s Office, to facilitate his detention and extradition. The U.S. Marshals Service transported the defendant to the United States and returned him to the custody of OCSD.
Deputy District Attorney Heidi Garrel of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case. Deputy District Attorney Erin Rowe of the Special Prosecutions Unit secured the extraditions.