An American fugitive believed to have faked his own death to evade rape charges is extradited after being arrested at a Glasgow hospital.
Nicholas Rossi, 34, was wanted by Interpol in connection with the alleged sexual assault in Utah, US, in 2008.
He was arrested under the alias Arthur Knight at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on December 13 after being admitted with coronavirus.
Utah prosecutors said the alleged fugitive “fled the country to avoid prosecution” and “tried to trick investigators and state lawmakers in other states into believing he was dead.” They are now asking for his extradition to Utah.
“We have full confidence and support from the Scottish police in this matter,” said Utah attorney David Leavitt. “Ultimately, bail will be left to the international courts until Rossi is extradited to the United States.”
Scotland police said the fugitive was arrested in Glasgow last month in connection with an international arrest warrant.
A spokesperson said: “A report has been submitted to the tax attorney.”
Rossi used many aliases while on the run, including Nicholas Alahverdian, Nicholas Alahverdian Rossi, Nicholas Edward Rossi, Nicholas Alahverdian-Rossi, Nick Alan, Nicholas Brown, Arthur Brown, and Arthur Knight.
In 2020, it was reported by various media that Nicholas Alahverdian had passed away on February 29, 2020, of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The website EverLoved.com claimed his body had been cremated, while his ashes were allegedly scattered in the sea.
An online obituary read: “The battle for the life of Nicholas Alahverdian ended on February 29, 2020.
“The children and families in the care of the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), for whom he inspired and led the turbulent government violations, have lost a warrior who fought on the front lines for two decades.”
Rossi used the alias while living in the US state of Rhode Island and involved in local politics, it has been reported.
Obviously, the FBI also had a warrant for his arrest on charges of defrauding his foster father by taking credit cards in his name and incurring debts of more than $200,000, according to BBC News.
The Utah rape charge was part of a review of historic sexual abuse cases where DNA evidence kits had not been tested.