A 34-year-old Italian man charged with kidnapping a Georgetown University student in January has agreed to be transferred from Seattle to Washington after his arrest by the FBI.
At a federal court hearing Thursday, the suspect, Paolo Aldorasi, waived his right to a hearing and agreed that further legal proceedings would take place in the District, where the alleged kidnapping began, according to documents filed in the case.
He is charged with one count of kidnapping. Aldorasi allegedly forced the male student to drive to banks and stores in failed attempts to withdraw money and make purchases, including a $6,300 bracelet.
The documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington state provide additional details of Aldorasi, who lived in London with his girlfriend and their two children. The documents said he had worked as a chef in London and was born in Italy, where he has citizenship.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler said in her ruling that Aldorasi had entered the United States as a tourist and that an immigration detainer has been filed as a result of the criminal charge.
“Defendant poses a risk of nonappearance due to citizenship and lack of ties to this District,” the judge wrote. “He poses a risk of danger due to the nature of the charges.”
Aldorasi’s attorney with the federal Public Defender’s Office in Seattle did not return several calls this week seeking comment. The defense attorney did not file paperwork in court opposing the detention or efforts to send Aldorasi to the District.
Authorities allege that Aldorasi abducted the student from O Street near campus on Jan. 26 and forced him into an SUV. Police said that in the span of two hours, they visited four banks, a Best Buy in the District and a Cartier store in Maryland. In each case, the FBI said in a criminal complaint, the victim’s bank card was rejected, denying attempts to withdraw $200 and $500 and to buy an iPhone 7 and a $6,300 bracelet.
The student, who has not been identified, was released unharmed, police said. Georgetown University previously said the victim was a student in an email crime alert to students.
Authorities said they tracked Aldorasi through a variety of means. Surveillance video at banks at a Cartier store in Chevy Chase, Md., captured his image; a video from the store was released publicly shortly after the incident. Police said his rental car was spotted outside several of the banks and stores, and he had signed for the vehicle using his real name. Police also said they tracked him across the country through his social media accounts.