Macomb County man's stalking threat leaves ex-wife, judge in fear, feds say

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Macomb man stalked and threatened his ex-wife, vowing to fire 17 bullets into her head and show the video to the "f------ judge" overseeing their divorce, federal prosecutors alleged Friday.

The allegation is detailed in a criminal complaint against Shelby Township resident Vires Al-Hakiem, 42, that portrays the construction worker as a heavily armed menace who left a wife and a Macomb County judge in fear and prompted county sheriff's deputies to conduct ongoing security patrols at the judge's home.

Vires Al-Hakiem

Al-Hakiem, who goes by the nickname "KuKu," is charged with stalking and transmitting a threat, crimes punishable by up to five years in federal prison. 

Al-Hakiem was arrested Thursday and is being held without bail pending a detention hearing Tuesday in federal court. He had a valid unexpired passport but no immigration status in the U.S.

His lawyer Art Weiss declined comment Friday.

Members of an FBI task force started the investigation on Sept. 24 when Al-Hakiem's ex-wife recounted a series of threats involving her ex-husband. Al-Hakiem, an Iraq native and citizen of the Netherlands, has a criminal record that includes convictions for misdemeanor assault/assault and battery and felony cocaine possession.

Since the couple separated in December, Al-Hakiem has displayed "erratic behavior," an FBI task force officer wrote in an affidavit filed in court Friday. The divorce was finalized earlier this year.

In a June 15 text message, Al-Hakiem indicated he was outside his ex-wife's home in Macomb County and wanted her to come outside to talk, according to the affidavit. She refused.

Hours later, the ex-wife received a message and video from Al-Hakiem's phone. In the clip, he is shirtless and appeared to be pointing a handgun at the camera, the officer wrote.

"You see that gun?" Al-Hakiem said, according to the affidavit. "I put it inside your head and will empty 17 bullets in your f------ head and go show this to f------ judge what I say.”

Judge Rachel Rancilio

"The Macomb County judge that was presiding over Al-Hakiem's divorce at the time the text message was sent also observed the aforementioned video on VICTIM-1’s phone and perceived it as a threat to her as well," the officer wrote. "The judge (filed) a police report with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and as a result the sheriff’s office has been and continues to conduct welfare checks at the judge’s residence."

Macomb County court records indicate Al-Hakiem's divorce judge was Rachel Rancilio, who was elected in 2016.

Rancilio could not be reached for comment immediately Friday.

On July 19, the ex-wife received another text from Al-Hakiem's phone, according to the affidavit. 

The message included an image of several long guns and magazines displayed on a bed.

The ex-wife of Vires Al-Hakiem received this photo, according to the FBI.

"Dat is how ready I am," the caption read.

The ex-wife obtained a personal protection order in late August that prohibits Al-Hakiem from approaching or confronting her in a public place or private property.

On Sept. 15, she received a friend request on Snapchat from someone with a user name that included Al-Hakiem's nickname "KuKu."

On Sept. 23, Al-Hakiem confronted her in the parking lot of a Sterling Heights business, spat on her vehicle and yelled insults, the task force officer said.

"I'm going to f--- you all up one by one," Al-Hakiem said, according to the affidavit.

During his arrest, police recovered a spring-loaded switchblade knife, the task force officer wrote.

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