An Indian-origin man, Parthasarthie Kapoor, who has been on the most-wanted list both in Canada and internationally, on charges of alleged sexual assault dating back to 2003, was arrested Jan. 20, 2020 at Newark Airport as he tried to board a flight to India, according to Quebec police.
Kapoor, a permanent resident of Canada, had been running from the law since 2003, escaping to the U.S. from Quebec 17 years ago, because of impending charges that he allegedly assaulted five minor boys in Montreal between the years 1998 to 2003, the Quebec police department said in a Jan. 23, 2020, press release.
“One of the ten most wanted criminals in Quebec, Parthasarthie Kapoor, was arrested on Monday January 20 in the United States after being on the run for more than 17 years,” the Quebec police said.
The 47-year-old man was the subject of an arrest warrant issued in 2003 in connection with numerous charges, ranging from sexual assault to the production and possession of child pornography.
According to the police, from 1998 to 2003, Kapoor is suspected to have sexually assaulted a total of five victims in Montréal, and that he targeted young boys between the ages of 7 and 14, lured them into his home and then sexually assaulted them.
In 2003, when he learned he was the subject of a police investigation, Kapoor, a Canadian permanent resident, fled to the United States. Canada-wide and international arrest warrants were then issued against the suspect so that he could be returned to Canada, the police said.
American authorities finally intercepted Kapoor at Newark Airport as he attempted to fly to India, his home country, the Quebec police press release said. The day after his arrest, Kapoor appeared at the New Jersey District Court. He is currently in U.S. custody pending extradition proceedings.
“The arrest of Parthasarthie Kapoor was made possible by the joint work of the Sexual Assault Section of the SPVM (Quebec police), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, the United States Marshals Service, the US Customs and Border Protection and Interpol,” the press release said.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs of the Department’s Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey are handling the extradition proceedings.