An American man who faked his loss of life to evade sexual assault costs has been arrested at a hospital in Scotland the place he was being handled for COVID.
Nicholas Rossi, who additionally goes by the aliases of Nicholas Alahverdian and Nicholas Alahverdian Rossi, is needed in reference to an alleged intercourse assault in Utah in 2008 and an assault in Ohio in 2018, the Utah County Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned.
The 34-year-old was arrested utilizing one other alias, Arthur Knight, at a hospital in Glasgow and is being watched by police, Utah officers mentioned.
It’s understood he was being handled at Queen Elizabeth College Hospital within the metropolis in December and had wanted to be intubated as a result of severity of his sickness.
Utah County Legal professional David O Leavitt admitted that if Rossi had not contracted coronavirus and required medical care, he would in all probability nonetheless be residing “off the grid”.
“It is much more troublesome than individuals think about,” Mr Leavitt mentioned. “Individuals might not know the place you might be, however with social media, the world is sufficiently small that if anybody sees an image of you… if you are going to be off the grid, you higher keep in your own home and by no means depart, as a result of somebody goes to see you.”
Rossi “fled the nation to keep away from prosecution” and “tried to guide investigators and state legislators in different states to consider that he was deceased”, Utah prosecutors mentioned in an announcement.
Varied information shops in 2020 cited memorial web site EverLoved.com in reporting that Nicholas Alahverdian had died on 29 February from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The positioning mentioned his physique was cremated, and his ashes scattered at sea.
“Mr Rossi was found to be residing underneath an assumed title in Scotland,” the Utah County Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned.
“He has been taken into custody and the Utah County Legal professional’s Workplace is working with federal and worldwide companies to extradite Mr Rossi again to Utah.”
Rossi has been charged with one rely of alleged rape, within the assault on a 21-year-old girl on 13 September 2008, based on a prosecution assertion.