Ruwayn Omar Murad is wanted for allegedly kidnapping his two children from the residence of the parents of his estranged wife in Rutland, Vermont. On the morning of April 30, 2000, Murad traveled to Vermont in order to meet his children. Shortly after arriving at the residence, he took the children outside to play with them in the yard of the property. He was then observed forcing the children into a vehicle and leaving the area. A federal arrest warrant charging Murad with international parental kidnapping was issued in Burlington, Vermont, on May 25, 2000.
Both children have been safely located. Ruwayn remains a fugitive.
Murad has a scar on his abdomen. He is thought to probably be outside of the United States and has ties to Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, and France. He was working in New York until the time of the abduction. Murad is a naturalized American citizen.