El Dorado County District Attorney Announces Capture of Fugitive on Northern California Most Wanted List

Posted: October 12, 2017

After spending nearly 5 years as a fugitive, on Monday, October 9th, 2017, Javed Noori returned to El Dorado County to face charges of assault with a deadly weapon, PC 245(a)(1), including two special allegations for inflicting great bodily injury and for a prior strike for very similar conduct.  During this time as a fugitive, Mr. Noori appeared on the federal government's Northern California Most Wanted List. 

Mr. Noori fled on the eve of his trial for the felony assault charges.  Investigators from the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office spent many hours attempting to locate Mr. Noori after he failed to appear in court.  Once it was clear that Mr. Noori had fled the United States, El Dorado County District Attorney's Office Investigators worked in partnership with Special Agents at the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) to conduct an international fugitive investigation.  For several years, Investigators from the District Attorney's Office were in regular contact with federal agents to attempt to locate Mr. Noori.  Due to these efforts, it was determined that Mr. Noori had obtained a false Afghanistan passport in an assumed identity and was using it to travel throughout Asia.  Ultimately, Mr. Noori was located on the East African island of Mauritius, where DSS Special Agents assigned to the United States Embassy facilitated his return to San Francisco International Airport. 

When Mr. Noori arrived in California last week, he was immediately arrested on federal charges and returned to El Dorado County.  If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 11 years, not including any federal crimes he may have committed while he was a fugitive. His next court date is October 13, 2017. 

"I am pleased that after nearly five years, we have finally brought this fugitive back to California to face justice for his crimes.  The District Attorney's Office Investigators worked tirelessly for years to bring Mr. Noori to justice," said El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson.  I'd also like to thank our federal partners at the Diplomatic Security Service for their assistance in this important case."

"The successful return and arrest of this fugitive from justice from halfway around the world is a clear demonstration of both the investigative vigilance and global reach of the Diplomatic Security Service," said Matthew Perlman, Special Agent-In-Charge of the DSS San Francisco Field Office.