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Enfield fugitive caught by police in Caribbean

The suspect had been on the run since 2011
Credit: Enfield CT Police Department

ENFIELD, Conn. — A man wanted by Enfield police since 2011 was arrested in the Caribbean on February 13. 

Police said that Gerald Jessop was initially arrested in 2009. He was charged with sexual assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a minor. He was convicted of both charges in 2011. 

While out on bond, Jessop failed to show up to court.

On Friday police said they learned that he fled to the US Virgin Islands and assumed a new identity. On February 13 he Jessop was taken into custody by authorities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, an island 440 miles southwest of the USVI. 

The Enfield police department and Hartford State's Attorney office worked with the state department to eventually capture Jessop. 

Jessop was extradited by the US Marshals back to Connecticut and is being held on $550,000 bond.

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