LOCAL NEWS

Suspect arrested in Scotland for trail of crimes in US found on ventilator with COVID-19

Jan 13, 2022, 5:19 PM | Updated: Jan 14, 2022, 11:49 am

FILE PHOTO: Utah County Attorney David Leavitt is pictured at a press conference in Salt Lake City ...

FILE PHOTO: Utah County Attorney David Leavitt is pictured at a press conference in Salt Lake City on September 14, 2021. (Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah — Additional details have been released regarding a man who was arrested this week for a sexual assault in Utah County back in 2008. The man, Nicholas Rossi, (also known to go by the alias Nicholas Alahverdian,) was a wanted suspect for various crimes across the United States and was ultimately found and arrested in Scotland.

When investigators were finally able to track down Rossi, he was found in a hospital bed on a ventilator with COVID-19.

According to court documents, Rossi was wanted for criminal cases of sexual assault, harassment, and possible kidnapping from 2007-2019. Police reports involving Rossi were obtained from Rhode Island, Ohio, Utah and Massachusetts.

The documents allege that Rossi raped a former girlfriend he had met on myspace.com and briefly dated in Utah County. The woman reported the sexual assault to a local hospital and her rape kit was tested as part of the “sexual assault kit initiative” in 2017. The DNA found connected investigators to Rossi.

According to court documents, Rossi showed a pattern of this type of behavior, usually getting to know a woman online, then meeting her in a public place, and eventually meeting up privately where Rossi would typically initiate some type of inappropriate contact. The court documents say that when these women would attempt to leave Rossi would threaten suicide or force some type of sexual contact.

The court documents also note that Rossi has been previously married twice and that in both cases, the ex-wife had filed for a protective order due to the nature of the physical and emotional abuse Rossi inflicted.

In a statement, Utah County Attorney David Leavitt said, “Our office is grateful for the significant interagency collaboration of law enforcement to bring this suspect to justice. We credit Utah’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant funded through the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance as playing a significant role in testing backlogged kits and ultimately identifying the suspect.”

It is believed that there are more victims of Nicholas Rossi. Any person believed to be a victim of a crime by Rossi is encouraged to reach out to the State Bureau of Investigation at (801) 965-4747, SAKI Agents, or the Utah County Attorney’s Office (801) 851-8026.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

First responders on the scene of the single vehicle crash that injured two people....

Michael Houck

Two hurt after a single vehicle crash on Trapper’s Loop

One person was flown to the hospital after crashing into a guardrail on Trapper's Loop Monday afternoon. 

22 minutes ago

A reflective monolith found by Vegas Metro Search and Rescue near Gass Peak over the weekend....

Michael Houck

A reflective monolith appears in outskirts of Las Vegas

Three years since a mysterious monolith appeared in the Utah wilderness, a new one was found in the mountains near Las Vegas.

57 minutes ago

Rep. Celeste Maloy, R-Utah, the incumbent candidate running for the 2nd Congressional District, spe...

Mary Culbertson

Donald Trump endorses Celeste Maloy for re-election ahead of GOP primary

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Congresswoman Celeste Maloy just over a week ahead of the GOP primary.

1 hour ago

FILE — police lights...

Mary Culbertson

Toddler severely injured in Draper crash

A toddler was severely injured in a Draper crash Monday.

2 hours ago

Officials at Grand Canyon National Park say a hiker died at the parkon Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Nati...

Mark Jones

Hiker dies at Grand Canyon National Park

Officials at Grand Canyon National park say a hiker died over weekend inside the park.

2 hours ago

(File)...

Eliza Pace

37-year-old man accused of sexually exploiting 17-year-old girl in Cedar City

A Las Vegas man has been arrested and accused of sexually exploiting a 17-year-old girl at a hotel in Cedar City.

2 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Suspect arrested in Scotland for trail of crimes in US found on ventilator with COVID-19