LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – It was a case that drew national attention last year even as it was completely ignored by CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and the rest of the establishment media – a mother and daughter in the Atlanta area were attacked by a complete stranger dressed in a black burqa and beaten with their own Stars and Stripes.
Aisha Ibrahim, a 31-year-old Somali refugee who also uses the alias Amina Ali Ahra, appeared out of nowhere on the day after Memorial Day 2016 to attack Dami Arno and her 17-year-old daughter Brittany. Ibrahim snatched the family’s American flag off of their mailbox and used the flagpole as a weapon against them.
Ibrahim failed to show up in court for her arraignment Monday, nearly a year after the incident occurred on May 31, 2016, in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville.
Ibrahim has been indicted on two counts of simple assault, two counts of simple battery and one count of giving a false name to police, all misdemeanors except for the charge of false information, which is a felony. She posted bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on Feb. 21, nine months after the incident occurred. But the victim, Dami Arno, and her husband Jimmy, told WND Monday they were never informed of their attacker’s release.
The FBI said it had investigated the case last year and decided not to file federal hate crime charges against Ibrahim. As WND previously reported, however, President Obama’s FBI dismissed the case without so much as interviewing the victims or witnesses.
To make matters worse, the Arnos came to court Monday expecting to see Dami’s attacker, hopefully unveiled, but were told she would not be in attendance.
Ibrahim’s brother appeared and announced to the court that his sister was in an Atlanta-area hospital and could not be present.
The arraignment has been rescheduled for May 22, Dan Mayfield, chief deputy assistant district attorney, told WND.
“We decided not to issue a bench warrant for her arrest because she is receiving medical treatment,” Mayfield said.
Jimmy Arno said he believes Ibrahim’s attorneys are preparing an insanity defense. The only way justice will prevail in his opinion is if the woman who attacked his wife outside her own home is deported back to Somalia.
“This is like a kick in the teeth,” said Jimmy Arno outside the courthouse Monday. “To stand here and be told she was released on bond [two months ago] is just unbelievable. I remember sitting in the district attorney’s office and him telling us we would be notified within four hours of her being released from the county jail. We were never told. They blamed it on the sheriff’s office and said we didn’t fill out the proper form. Why, as a victim, do I have to fill out anything to get my rights?”
Jimmy Arno voiced frustration that Ibrahim was living within four to six miles of his family and they were never notified of her release.
He said his son has experienced months of sleepless nights, peering out his bedroom window at the front yard where the attack took place and keeping a loaded shotgun in his bedroom at all times.
“At what point are we going to be treated better than the criminal?” Jimmy Arno asked. “Because right now I feel like the criminal in this case.”
He said his neighbors have also been shaken.
“There are 21 families in this subdivision that have been affected. They talk about it all the time. They lock their doors now,” he said. “They’re that scared.”
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