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The Latest: Suspect arrested in NH mall kidnapping, assault

January 7, 2019

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on a manhunt for a man suspected in New Hampshire mall kidnapping and sexual assault (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

A suspect wanted on kidnapping and sexual assault charges has been arrested in Pennsylvania after a manhunt and car chase.

Vermont State Police say the man forced a woman and her child into their car outside the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester on Saturday and drove to Vermont. Police say he then sexually assaulted the woman. The woman and the child later called the police.

That set off a manhunt for the suspect. He was identified as 41-year-old Everett Simpson. Vermont State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hartford Police Department were working together on the search.

A call to an attorney who has represented Simpson in the past wasn’t immediately returned.

On Sunday afternoon, police in Pennsylvania finally brought him into custody after an extensive chase.

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4:55 p.m.

Several law enforcement agencies are searching for a man wanted for crimes including kidnapping and sexual assault.

Vermont State Police said in a statement on Sunday they’re working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hartford Police Department to find 41-year-old Everett Simpson, who was most recently a resident of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

The state police say a man later identified as Simpson forced a woman and her child into their car outside the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester on Saturday and drove to Vermont. Police say he then sexually assaulted the woman.

Police ask anyone with information call 911 or their nearest police department. They advise people use extreme caution and not approach Simpson.

A call to an attorney who has represented Simpson in the past wasn’t immediately returned.

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