‘High roller’ resting in jail
RP man nabbed for identity theft and other charges
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By Dave Williams  June 13, 2014 12:00 am

Playing the role of a high roller has landed a Rohnert Park man in jail on multiple charges.

Mohannad Halaweh, 19, was one of two suspects arrested by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office for possession of stolen property and credit card fraud Wednesday evening, June 4.

According to Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy patrolling in the Roseland area spotted a stolen 2012 McLaren high end sports car worth approximately $240,000. The manager at Food Maxx grocery store on Stony Point Road tipped off the Sheriff’s Office to an expensive car resting for several hours in the parking lot the morning of June 4.

The vehicle was stopped on Dutton Avenue and the driver, Halaweh, and passenger Nhimia Kahsay, also 19, of Santa Rosa, were arrested without incident. Halaweh is due in court today, June 13, where he is expected to enter a plea.

Further investigation by Sheriff’s Office detectives revealed the fraudulently obtained credit card number used to book the stolen sports car for $13,000 from a high-end car rental store in San Jose, was also used to book a $12 million vacation home in Glen Ellen on June 3, where he allegedly threw a big party. The charge for the property rental was $27,000. Deputies reportedly saw Halaweh drive away in the McLaren but he was not suspected of anything at that time.

Halaweh also is suspected of using a fake credit card to rent a luxury home in Sonoma last December where he hosted a wild bash that included underage drinking, according to the Sheriff’s Office. That party was busted up after reports of gunfire.

Halaweh, who graduated from Analy High in Sebastopol and was a key player on its basketball team, is also under suspicion for trying to buy 14 iPhones and two MacBook Air laptop computers, valued at more than $10,000 with a fraudulent Visa card at the Apple Store in Berkeley in March, according to the news website Berkeleyside.

He actually was out on bail and returning from a court date in Alameda County when he was arrested June 4 in Santa Rosa.

Halaweh was booked into Sonoma County Jail, where his bail originally was set at $100,000. But as further details came in, his bail was increased to $1 million. He faces eight charges, including faces eight charges, including auto theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, three counts of identity theft and three counts of credit card theft. 

Kahsay was booked into the county jail for outstanding fraud warrants out of Del Norte County and will face additional charges related to this investigation. Kahsay’s bail was set at $60,000.

This case remains under investigation, and anyone with more information is encouraged to contact Det. Donald Fletcher at (707) 565-2202.


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