HARTFORD, Vermont — A man forced a woman and her child into a car in New Hampshire, drove to Vermont, sexually assaulted the woman, and was apprehended in Pennsylvania after a manhunt and car chase, authorities said.
Everett Simpson, 41, forced a woman and her child into their car outside the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester on Saturday and drove to Vermont, police said. He then sexually assaulted the woman, authorities said. When the woman and the child reached safety, they called the police.
That set off a manhunt for Simpson, most recently a resident of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Vermont State Police, the FBI and the Hartford Police Department worked together on the search.
A call was made to an attorney who has represented Simpson in the past, seeking comment.
On Sunday afternoon, police from Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, were trying to make an unrelated traffic stop when an automated system flagged the car in question as stolen, according to Vermont State Police. The car did not stop, and a chase ensued.
The car was eventually abandoned, and police were searching for the driver when another vehicle was reported stolen. Officers gave chase again, and that car crashed into a telephone pole.
Police from Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, took the driver into custody, and he was identified as Simpson. He was taken to a hospital, Vermont police said.
Simpson faces extradition to Vermont and is expected to face federal charges related to car theft, kidnapping and sexual assault. The U.S. attorney’s office in Burlington, Vermont, is coordinating the prosecution.
If you or someone you know needs resources or support related to sexual violence, contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline at 800-871-7741.