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American Fugitive Who Faked His Own Death Caught After Landing In Scotland Hospital With COVID-19

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An American criminal, who faked his death and escaped the country to avoid sexual assault charges, was found in Scotland last month after he wound up in the hospital with COVID-19.

According to authorities who spoke with The Providence Journal on Wednesday, Nicholas Alahverdian (above) was found alive, though struggling with his health. Rhode Island State Police Major Robert A. Creamer explained:

Authorities believe he attempted to avoid the hospital by hiring a “private ambulance,” but his condition was serious enough, that he landed in a medical center anyway, WPRI reported.

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The 34-year-old fugitive was using the name Arthur Knight while out of the country, according to The New York Times. He also had many other aliases throughout his life. He has been linked to multiple sexual assault cases across various states, including a 2008 incident in Utah in which he assaulted a female victim he first met online.

According to the Utah County Attorney’s Office, he was identified using photo evidence. As part of the extradition process, DNA and fingerprint samples were also provided to Interpol. Speaking to The National, a Scotland police spokeswoman explained the arrest, saying:

As mentioned, Nicholas was trying to avoid fraud and sexual assault charges in Utah and Ohio. Thanks to the Sex Assault Kit Initiative, a “multi-disciplinary team to review old sexual assault cases where the original sexual assault kits had not been tested,” information from a rape kit was entered into a national database, finally resulting in a suspect’s name. Speaking to local outlet WJAR, Utah County Attorney David Leavitt exp

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