Kent

On-the-run US kidnapper Sean Lopes arrested in Kent

Sean Lopes
Image caption The former teacher was named as one of New York's most wanted criminals

A fugitive wanted for the attempted murder and kidnap of a woman in the US nine years ago has been arrested in Kent.

Sean Lopes was charged with the offences against a 22-year-old woman in New York in 2004 but went missing while on bail.

He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison in his absence in May 2005.

Lopes was arrested in New Road in Chatham on Monday.

Kent Police said a member of the public had raised concerns about Guyanese-born Lopes, 47, who had been living at an address in Victoria Road.

'Violent fugitive'

The former science teacher was named as one of New York's most wanted criminals in 2006.

Last year US authorities said they believed Lopes, who they described as a "violent fugitive", was hiding in Trinidad and Tobago.

In 2008, Interpol in Guyana said Lopes, who is believed to have Guyanese and Dutch nationality, was wanted for alleged kidnapping and other crimes involving the use of weapons and explosives.

The Kent Police spokesman said officers from the force had tracked him down after liaising with authorities in New York and the Metropolitan Police.

Lopes appeared before Westminster magistrates on Tuesday for extradition proceedings.

He was remanded in custody until 14 May.

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