Man who fled US after arrest is sentenced

Abu-Baker Mirza (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
Abu-Baker Mirza (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A man who fled the United States for more than a decade because of criminal charges is sentenced to five and a half years in prison on Thursday.

Charges including arson, burglary and theft were filed in 1999 against Abu-Baker Mirza, 33.

As News 18 reported, Mirza broke into the Bob Rohrman Mercury car dealership and stole a Grand Marquis. He drove the car to Purdue’s campus and set it on fire.

After Mirza was arrested, prosecutors said he fled to Pakistan where his family is from.

In December, Mirza was arrested at the Atlanta airport when he tried to return to the U.S. He pleaded guilty in early May to burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and resisting law enforcement.

Mirza was sentenced Thursday morning to four years in prison and a year and a half of supervised probation.

On Thursday, Mirza testified he was aware of his warrant and “came back to face the charges.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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