UPDATE: 6:45 p.m. Everett Simpson, 41, wanted in the Jan. 6 alleged NH abduction and rape case has been arrested in Upper Darby, PA. The FBI will be leading the investigation.
MANCHESTER, NH — Manchester Police are working in conjunction with the FBI, Vermont State Police and other local agencies on investigation of a reported abduction that took place at the Mall of New Hampshire on Jan. 5.
According to Vermont State Police, Everett Simpson, 41, most recently of St. Johnsbury, is wanted for numerous crimes, including kidnapping and sexual assault. He is considered dangerous.
- Investigation underway into reported abduction
- Suspect wanted for kidnapping, sexual assault arrested in Pennsylvania
Law enforcement advises people to use extreme caution and not approach Simpson but instead immediately call police to report any potential sightings.
Simpson is last known to be driving a stolen 2014 silver Kia Forte sedan with New Hampshire license plate 396 7479.
Vermont authorities say the incident began at about 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, outside the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester, when a man later identified as Simpson forced a woman and her child into their car and drove to Vermont. On reaching White River Junction, Simpson forced the woman to rent a room at a local hotel, where he proceeded to sexually assault the victim. The victim is a stranger who was targeted at random. When Simpson left the hotel room, the victim and child were able to reach safety and contact the police.
Investigation indicates Simpson had stolen a car and escaped from a substance-abuse rehabilitation facility in eastern Vermont three days earlier.
Law enforcement authorities have searched locations where Simpson is known to have resided or may have connections, including an apartment in St. Johnsbury, but as of 2:20 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, no contact with Simpson had been reported.
Simpson has had previous interactions with the Vermont police, including a September vehicle theft, high-speed pursuit and aggravated assault on a Vermont State Police trooper in Lyndonville.
Anyone with information is urged to call to call 911, their nearest police department or Vermont State Police barracks, or the Hartford Police Department at 802-295-9425.