COSTA MESA — One of Orange County's 10 Most Wanted men, who is accused of raping several women, including one in Costa Mesa, was expected to be extradited to the United States Friday from Austria, where international police tracked him down.
Ali Achekzai, 32, formerly of Ladera Ranch, was expected to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport. From LAX, he was to be taken to Orange County, where he faces a slew of felony charges, including two counts of rape, two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object, aggravated assault, intent to commit a sexual offense and enhancements for sexually assaulting more than one victim and causing great bodily injury.
He faces 68 years and four months to life in prison if convicted on all counts.
Achekzai's arrival in Southern California would end a months-long international manhunt, while locally police have been looking for him since 2004.
Prosecutors are charging him with assaulting three women in Southern California but are asking for the public's help in identifying other potential victims.