District court charges against David Fayez Gadelkarim, 54, of Hillsdale were temporarily dismissed on April 7, according to court documents.
Hillsdale Police Chief Scott Hephner confirmed that further investigations are ongoing, but that charges have been dropped at present because of concerns for the defendant’s constitutional right to due process.
Gadelkarim, who owns both the Shell Gas Station and Hillsdale Smoke Shop on Carleton Road, was arrested Feb. 18 and subsequently charged with unlawful imprisonment, a 15-year felony, and criminal sexual conduct.
After several cancelled probable cause hearings, charges were dismissed when further evidence surfaced following his arrest.
The prosecutor’s office anticipates reinstating charges against Gadelkarim upon further investigation, according to reports by the Hillsdale Daily News. It is unknown whether charges will be amended or altered based on further evidence.