Vermont man accused of kidnapping, sexual assault arrested in Pennsylvania

Published: Jan. 6, 2019 at 2:52 PM EST
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A St. Johnsbury man wanted for kidnapping and sexual assault has been arrested in Pennsylvania.

Police say Everett Simpson, 41, was arrested Sunday night outside of Philadelphia.

According to Vermont State Police, Simpson led the Prospect Park Police Department on a vehicle pursuit before they arrested him.

Police say he was driving a stolen Kia.

Saturday, police say Simpson forced a woman and her child into a stolen car at a mall in Manchester, New Hampshire, and drove to Vermont. Police say the victim was chosen at random.

They say when Simpson reached White River Junction, he forced the woman to rent a room at a hotel. Simpson is accused of sexually assaulting the woman.

Police say when Simpson left the hotel, the woman and child ran away and called the police.

Investigators say Simpson escaped from a substance-abuse rehabilitation facility in eastern Vermont three days earlier. Police say he was in the facility under court-ordered conditions following an arrest in September.

On Sept. 13, Simpson is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase and assaulting a state trooper in Lyndonville.

He is expected to face federal charges related to car theft, kidnapping and sexual assault.

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