Utah Authorities Arrest Fugitive Who Faked Death to Evade Rape Charges, now Booked in Jail

Utah’s jail records unveiled on Monday detail the presence of Nicholas Rossi, the fugitive accused of faking his demise and escaping rape allegations, now housed in a detention facility following extradition from Scotland just a week ago.

Rossi, also known legally as Nicholas Alahverdian, faces charges for allegedly assaulting a 21-year-old woman in Orem, Utah, back in 2008, as confirmed by local prosecutors. His suspect status emerged nearly a decade later due to a backlog in DNA testing at the Utah State Crime Lab.

Furthermore, Rossi confronts an additional rape charge in Salt Lake County, where authorities claim he assaulted a former girlfriend, aged 26, following an altercation, again in 2008. 

Allegations against him extend to Rhode Island and Ohio, encompassing claims of domestic violence, sexual misconduct, and fraudulent activities.

At 36 years old, Rossi has utilized a repertoire of at least 10 aliases during his evasion from authorities. Last Friday afternoon, authorities processed him into the Davis County Jail, a facility commonly housing federal detainees in northern Utah. 

The impending transfer to Utah County is anticipated, where he will undergo trial for the aforementioned felony rape accusations, according to the Utah County Attorney’s Office.

As of Monday, the schedule for his initial court appearance remains undetermined, with no indication in records regarding his legal representation.

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Utah Fugitive’s Foster Care Roots and Alleged Death Hoax

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Utah’s jail records unveiled on Monday detail the presence of Nicholas Rossi, the fugitive accused of faking his demise and escaping rape allegations, now housed in a detention facility following extradition from Scotland just a week ago.

Utah serves as the backdrop to the fugitive’s formative years spent within Rhode Island’s foster care system, marking his eventual return to the state before allegedly scheming his demise and escaping overseas. 

An online obituary declared Rossi’s demise on February 29, 2020, attributing it to advanced-stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 

However, doubts regarding his demise emerged from both the state police and his previous foster family.

In the subsequent year, authorities arrested Rossi in Scotland at a Glasgow hospital where he was receiving treatment for COVID-19.  

Despite his insistence on being an Irish orphan named Arthur Knight and disavowing any connection to the US, a prolonged legal battle ensued. 

In August, an Edinburgh judge sanctioned the extradition, characterizing Rossi as “dishonest, deceitful, evasive, and manipulative.” In December, his appeal failed, resulting in the US Marshals Service taking him into custody.

The current status of Rossi’s legal representation and the pending court schedule remain undisclosed.

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