Nicholas Rossi: Man arrested on COVID ward in Scotland is American rape suspect who faked his own death, court rules
For the first time, a court has determined that a man detained on a COVID ward in Scotland is actually an American rape suspect who staged his own demise.
The person identifying himself as Arthur Knight is actually Nicholas Rossi, according to the court sheriff.
In addition to being wanted in connection with three separate Utah sex attacks on women, fugitive Rossi is also suspected of having perpetrated a number of other crimes around the US.
He allegedly attempted to deceive investigators into thinking he was dead and fled the country in order to avoid being prosecuted. He allegedly even tried to organize a phony funeral liturgy.
However, an Interpol arrest order led authorities to a Glasgow hospital where he was receiving COVID-19 treatment in December 2021.
He has maintained since his detention that he was the victim of mistaken identity, going by the name Arthur Knight and claiming to be an Irish orphan who has never been to the US.
However, today judges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court determined that this rumor was untrue and that the individual in question was the one sought by US authorities.
This week, attorneys tried to determine the man’s identify through three days of testimony.
Ten witnesses, including hospital employees, police officers, and fingerprint experts, were called by the attorney deputy Paul Harvey. All of them were adamant that the man they had met in Glasgow was the same person the Americans had named Rossi.
Two fingerprint specialists from Police Scotland determined distinguishing features in “Arthur Knight’s” prints, claiming that they were “identical” matches for prints taken from Rossi.
During the manhunt, a nurse from Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital described “distinctive” tattoos on her patient’s biceps that matched photos released by Interpol.
According to two Police Scotland fingerprint experts, “Arthur Knight’s” prints had distinctive characteristics and were “perfect” matches for prints found on Rossi.
A nurse from Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital noted “distinctive” tattoos on her patient’s biceps during the manhunt, and these descriptions matched images released by Interpol.
He said, in a further bizarre turn of events, that only his fingerprints matched those on the Interpol warrant because they were taken in Glasgow by an NHS staff. He asserted that while he was under anesthesia, a man only known as “Patrick” grabbed the prints, transmitted them to a dishonest official in Utah, who then sent them along to Interpol.
The decision made by Sheriff Norman McFadyen today ends the protracted identification dispute, disavows all mention of the alias “Arthur Knight,” and opens the door for full extradition proceedings, which are likely to begin early in the next year.
To stand trial, American officials want him extradited.