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Man who spooked Fort Bragg to be deported; charges against him dropped

April 8, 2019

A foreign national who acted suspiciously while trying to gain access to Fort Bragg last month will be deported but will not face criminal charges, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Nouran Ahmad Shihab Sueidan went to a gate at Fort Bragg on March 12 and told authorities that he needed to “take a tour of the Special Operations facility to identify if it was worth his time.”

Sueidan had a valid passport but authorities discovered that his visa, driver’s license and car registration were all expired. He became combative as authorities questioned him, but didn’t try to force his way onto the post, authorities said at the time.

The incident prompted Fort Bragg to briefly restrict access to the post.

A psychiatrist recently examined Sueidan and determined he has “a mental disorder that compromises his ability to stand trial,” federal prosecutors said in court filing.

Prosecutors said they plan to turn Sueidan over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation, and a judge agreed to dismiss the charges against him so that could happen.