Fugitive wanted over US rape claim faces sex assault questioning over UK allegation

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Nicholas Rossi – who is wanted by American authorities in relation to two rape claims in the US – is also wanted for questioning over a rape allegation in the UK, Essex Police confirmed. International law enforcement agencies are attempting to extradite 35-year-old Mr Rossi from Scotland, where he was arrested in 2021 while being treated for Covid.

Earlier this month, a Scottish court ruled that Arthur Knight, the man arrested, was in fact, Nicholas Rossi.

Medical staff were able to identify him through the Interpol red notice which showed pictures of the man’s face and tattoos. 

Despite the ruling, Rossie continued to claim he is an Irish orphan with the name Arthur Knight and said he has never set foot in the United States. Mr Rossi says he is the victim of mistaken identity.

The 35-year-old suggested his body had been tattooed while he was unconscious in a Glasgow hospital, in a bid to create doubt his body art was an identical match to that on an Interpol red notice.

It is alleged Rossi fled to the UK from the United States in 2020 after faking his own death to escape charges in relation to alleged rapes.

If Mr Rossi is charged by Essex Police, his US extradition will be paused.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service said: “The extradition would have to wait until the domestic matter is concluded, per section 76A (2) of the Extradition Act.”

An Essex police spokesperson said: “We are now liaising with Scottish authorities in order to facilitate an interview with the man regarding a non-recent allegation of rape in Chelmsford, which was made to us in April 2022.”



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