A woman told Sky News that a man wanted for extradition to the United States has the “greedy little claws” of the attacker who sexually assaulted her.
Mary, whose full name we withhold, says she recognizes Nicholas Rossi’s “chubby fingers” in 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 on rape charges in the state of Utah.
Utah authorities say Rossi fled the United States to avoid prosecution and took the name Arthur Knight after faking his own death.
Rossi was convicted of sexually assaulting Mary at an Ohio university in 2008. It was a DNA sample from that attack that linked him to the Utah case.
Speaking of the assault on her, Mary told Sky News: “He leads me to a staircase and at that point he starts attacking me.
“He’s trying to forcefully kiss me, and I’m not kissing back. He was holding me against the wall, he was running his hands up my shirt and down my pants, and I was like, ‘I want to go.'”
The man wanted in extradition was detained in 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: “That’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 it’s a very good way of trying to distort your speech.
“He’s got that dark hair and those stubby fingers, I’d remember those stubby fingers anywhere, they were under my shirt, they were under my pants. I’d recognize them anywhere, their greedy little claws.”
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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 the conviction in court was not the end of her torment at his hands.
He sued her twice for damage to her reputation, although he was unsuccessful both times.
“That was hard,” Mary said. “He was a struggling college student and he didn’t have that kind of money for a lawyer.
“It’s kind of sick and twisted that you sexually assault someone, and then you go and sue them. I thought it was dark.”
“He sued my husband, created a fake sex offender blog with my face and a picture of my newborn daughter. He put my address online, told people he was lying in court, and encouraged them to harass me.
“He’s bright and smart but, at the same time, he’s evil and malicious.”
The extradition case has also brought back dark memories for Michelle Minnaar.
The Essex-based food blogger met Nicholas Rossi on a dating website and, within days, said he wanted to move to the UK.
Ms Minnaar told Sky News that she 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 home,” she said.
“He came in with huge suitcases and immediately insisted on having sex.
“He was just causing chaos every day, causing conflict between me and the kids, and making fun of my son.
“I couldn’t actually get rid of it, it was weird and I felt like I was being held hostage in my own home.”
Rossi stayed at Michelle’s house for a month, during which time she discovered that he was a sex offender when she did a Google search and found his mugshot.
She said: “I found a mugshot of him on a sex offender report and confronted him. I was really surprised he found it because he said ‘well how did you find this? I need to take care of this.’
“I think he was trying to remove himself from Google search listings.”
Mrs. Minnaar finally got rid of Rossi when she changed the locks on her doors.
“There was a time for my work that I was invited to travel to Paris,” he 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 and pack his bags and dump his stuff at the station and tell him it’s over, while he was out of 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 landmark report of a breach in Chelmsford. Our investigations are ongoing.”
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The man wanted by US authorities denies being Rossi. He insists that he is Arthur Knight and that he has never been to America.
He married Miranda Knight in February 2020. They were living as a couple in Glasgow when he contracted COVID and was arrested last December at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
Earlier this month, he was found guilty of abusing the same hospital staff during a subsequent visit.