According to reports, a Rhode Island man, who police believe faked his own death after being named as a suspect in a sexual assault case, has been found alive in Scotland.
Nicolas Alhawardian was reportedly on the run since 2020, when his wife said he died of cancer at the age of 32 while he was abroad. Providence Journal,
But Rhode Island State Police Major Robert Creamer told the outlet he had found Alhawardian alive at a hospital in Scotland, where he was on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19.
Utah officials notified Rhode Island officials earlier this week that Alhaverdian had been found and linked to a 2018 sexual assault case that took place in the Beehive State.
Under the name Nicholas Rossi, Alhawardian was found to be a match in a 2008 sexual assault case in Ohio, according to a Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) news release.
Alhawardian was convicted of two sexual assaults on a student at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Providence Journal,
But the evidence in the case was not uploaded to the DNA database until 2017, which would result in a comprehensive investigation.
The DPS said it was later discovered that Alheverdian was a suspect in a number of crimes across the US following the 2008 sexual assault case.
In a Wednesday statement, the DPS said: “Investigators also learned that Nicolas Rossi had fled the country to avoid prosecution in Ohio and attempted to trick investigators and state legislators in other states into believing he was dead. have been
“Through the diligent efforts of SBI” [State Bureau of Investigation], and in collaboration with various investigators in other states and agencies, and the Utah County Attorney’s Office, Mr. Rossi was found to be living in Scotland under a fictitious name.
“He has been taken into custody and the Utah County Attorney’s Office is working with federal and international agencies to extradite Mr. Rossi back to Utah.”
Utah County Attorney David Levitt said: “Our office is grateful for law enforcement’s significant inter-agency cooperation in bringing this suspect to justice.
“We Credit Utah’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative [SAKI] Grants funded through the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Aid as backlog kits were instrumental in testing and ultimately identifying suspects.
Those who suspect they may have been the victim of a crime by Mr. Rossi/Alhawardian are encouraged to contact Saki agents at SBI (801) 965-4747, or the Utah Attorney’s Office at (801) 851- on 8026.
According to WPRI affiliated with CBS and MyNetwork TV, previously, Alhawardian had openly criticized Rhode Island’s child welfare system and alleged that she was “tortured and raped” in the group’s homes, which the Rhode Island Department said. Of Children, Youth and Families.
As the network reports, Alhawardian filed a federal lawsuit in 2011 alleging that she was sexually assaulted by the group’s domestic workers and residents and taken to multiple locations in Rhode Island, Florida and Nebraska. .
The lawsuit was eventually settled in 2013, but details of the case were not made public.
newsweek DPS has been contacted for comment.
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Experts from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) sexual assault hotline are available 24/7 via phone (1 (800) 656-4673) And online chat, Additional support from the group is also available through mobile app,