Woman recognizes ‘chubby fingers’ of suspected fugitive who she says sexually assaulted her |  UK News

Woman recognizes ‘chubby fingers’ of suspected fugitive who she says sexually assaulted her | UK News

Woman recognizes ‘chubby fingers’ of suspected fugitive who she says sexually assaulted her |  UK News

A woman has told Sky News that a man wanted for extradition to the US has the “greedy little claws” of the attacker who sexually assaulted her.

Mary, whose full name we are not releasing, says she recognizes Nicholas Rossi’s “chubby fingers” on the man who was arrested in Glasgow.

He insists that he is the victim of mistaken identity and that his real name is Arthur Knight.

However, his fingerprints match Rossi’s and US authorities want him extradited to stand trial for rape in the state of Utah.

Utah authorities say Rossi fled the United States to avoid prosecution and adopted the name Arthur Knight after faking his own death.

Rossi was convicted of sexually assaulting Mary at an Ohio college in 2008. It was a DNA sample from that attack that linked him to the Utah case.

Speaking about the assault on her, Mary told Sky News: “He leads me down a stairwell and then he starts attacking me.

“He tries to force kiss me, and I don’t reciprocate. He held me against the wall, he put his hands on my shirt and on my pants, and I said to him, ‘I want to leave’.”

The man wanted for extradition was arrested at a Glasgow hospital after being admitted suffering from COVID.

He uses a wheelchair and takes oxygen through a face mask.

Watching Sky News’ coverage of the ongoing extradition effort in Scotland, Mary said: “It’s definitely him. The whole mask thing, I think it’s just his way of covering his face, trying to get sympathy for being sick. I think that’s a really good way to try to twist his speech.

“He’s got that black hair and those chubby fingers, I’d remember those chubby fingers anywhere, they were on my shirt, they were on my pants. I’d recognize them anywhere, his greedy little claws.”

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Mary told Sky News' James Matthews that she believes Arthur Knight is Nicolas Rossi
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Mary told Sky News’ James Matthews she believed Arthur Knight was Nicolas Rossi

Following the attack on Mary, Rossi was convicted of sexual imposition and public indecency; he also had to register as a sex offender.

She says sentencing in court was not the end of her torment in her hands.

He sued her twice for damage to her reputation, although he failed twice.

“It was tough,” Mary said. “I was a struggling student and didn’t have that kind of money for a lawyer.

“It’s kind of sick and twisted that you sexually assault someone and then go and sue them. I thought it was dark.

“He sued my husband, he created a fake sex offender blog with my face and a picture of my newborn daughter on it. He put my address online, telling people I was lying in court and encouraging them to harass me.

“He’s brilliant, and he’s smart but, at the same time, he’s mean and malicious.”

Nicholas Rossi moved to the UK after meeting Michelle Minnaar on a dating site
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Nicholas Rossi moved to the UK after meeting Michelle Minnaar on a dating site

The extradition case also brought back dark memories for Michelle Minnaar.

The Essex-based food blogger met Nicholas Rossi on a dating site and days later said he wanted to move to the UK.

Ms Minnaar told Sky News he arrived at her home in 2017.

“He was incredibly persistent, charming and persuasive in saying that he didn’t want to stay in a hotel and that he wanted to visit me at my house,” she said.

“He walked in with huge suitcases and then immediately insisted on having sex.

“He just wreaked havoc every day, causing conflict between the kids and me, and picking on my son.

“I couldn’t really get rid of him, it was weird and I felt like I was being held hostage in my own house.”

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Rossi stayed with Michelle for a month, and during that time she found out he was a sex offender when she did a Google search and found his police photo.

She said: ‘I found a picture of him on a sex offender report and confronted him. He was very surprised I found it because he said ‘well how did you did you find this? I have to take care of it”.

“I think he was trying to get removed from Google search listings.”

Michelle Minnaar found out that Nicholas Rossi is a registered sex offender
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Michelle Minnaar found out that Nicholas Rossi is a registered sex offender

Ms Minnaar finally got rid of Rossi when she changed the locks on her doors.

“There was a point for my work, I was invited to travel to Paris,” she said. “And the idea of ​​him being alone in my house, I couldn’t accept the idea because I have expensive equipment, being a photographer – what is he going to do, sell it?

“That’s when I got the police involved and had to change my locks, pack his bags and drop his things off at the station and tell him it was over, when he was outside the house.”

Earlier this year, Ms Minnaar filed a rape complaint with Essex Police.

In a statement, the force said: “On April 28, 2022, we received a historic report of rape in Chelmsford. Our investigations are ongoing.”

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The man sought by US authorities denies being Rossi. He insists he is Arthur Knight and has never been to the United States.

He married Miranda Knight in February 2002. They were living as a couple in Glasgow when he caught COVID and was arrested last December at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Earlier this month he was found guilty of abusing staff at the same hospital during a subsequent visit.

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