(CNN)The United States is preparing to extradite an Iraqi refugee from California wanted in his home country in connection with an ISIS-related killing of a police officer.
Omar Ameen was arrested Wednesday in Sacramento where he settled after being granted refugee status, the US Justice Department said. Authorities allege he was a member in terrorist groups al Qaeda in Iraq and ISIS before he fled to the United States.
Ameen, who was in the process of attaining a green card, is wanted in Iraq on a murder charge. He’s accused of the 2014 killing of a police officer in the town of Rawa. An Iraqi warrant for his arrest was issued in May.
Ameen, 45, made an initial appearance in court in the Eastern District of California on Wednesday. His next court date is Monday afternoon. He is being held in the Sacramento County jail.
CNN reached out to Ameen’s attorneys Wednesday night but was unable to get a comment. The Sacramento Bee reported federal defenders Benjamin Galloway and Douglas Beevers told a judge that they received the case minutes before Ameen appeared before a judge.
“He’s aware of the basic nature of the charges,” Beevers said in court, according to the Bee.
CNN affiliate KCRA reported FBI agents and local authorities searched Ameen’s apartment Wednesday.
Neighbor Greg Hutson told CNN affiliate KTXL that Ameen seemed like a “family guy.”
“The gentleman that got arrested, he kept to himself. A very friendly guy,” Hutson said. “He’s got like a wife and children.”