A man who allegedly kidnapped his children and took them to Tunisia has been added to the FBI Washington Field Office's Wanted Fugitives list.
Authorities said 40-year-old Faical Chebbi, a former Prince George's County resident, is wanted for international parental kidnapping.
On Oct. 26, 2011, Chebbi was granted visitation rights with his two young children every other weekend. He picked them up from their maternal grandparents' home in Prince George's County on Nov. 11 and was supposed to return them two days later.
Instead, authorities said, Chebbi and the kids flew to Germany on Nov. 11, and then to Tunis, Tunisia. On Nov. 12, he told the children's mother that he and the kids were in the North African country and weren't coming back to the United States.
The Prince George's County Circuit Court issued an order on Nov. 17 for Chebbi to return the children, authorities said. The following month, a federal arrest warrant was issued for international parental kidnapping.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children receives on average 500 reports a year of children abducted by a parent from the United States who are believed to have been taken out of the country, said Maureen Heads, supervisor for the center's missing children division.
Chebbi is 6-foot-6, about 200 pounds, and has black hair, brown eyes, a medium complexion and circular scars on his left arm from childhood vaccinations. He has dual citizenship in the United States and Tunisia and is fluent in Arabic, English and French. He is likely to visit Algeria, Libya, Egypt and France and might use an alias when he crosses borders.
Chebbi is believed be the operating a business in Tunis called Westwind Limousine, authorities said.
His 3-year-old daughter, Zainab Chebbi, has brown hair, brown eyes and a small build. At the time of her disappearance, she was 3-foot-6 and 36 pounds.
The suspect's 6-year-old son, Eslam Chebbi, has black hair, brown eyes and a small build. At the time of his disappearance, he was 4-foot-5 and 46 pounds, authorities said.
Anyone with information can call 800-CALL-FBI (2255-324) or the nearest American embassy or consulate.