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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — A fugitive who touched off a manhunt up and down the east coast was caught by Upper Darby Police Sunday. But not before leading officers on a series of chases.
The FBI issued a bulletin saying Everett Simpson, 41, had kidnapped a woman and her child and sexually assaulted the woman in a Vermont hotel room. He then took off.
Prospect Police first came into contact with Simpson through the use of a license plate reader earlier Sunday. There, he crashed his car and fled.
A while later, a woman reported seeing Simpson coming out of a sewer near the Primos Swim Club.
Simpson then came upon a woman unloading her groceries and stole her car. She left her phone in the car, police pinged it and caught up with Simpson outside a Springfield Township Kohl’s.
Simpson was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center for evaluation, although police say he was faking any such injuries.
“He’s a scumbag, he’s a bum, he’s a scumbag, he’s a dirtball, whatever you want to say he is,” Upper Darby Police superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “[The woman unpacking groceries] is lucky that all he wanted to do was get away.”
He faces numerous felony charges across at least three states.
According to Vermont State Police, Simpson forced a woman and her child into their car outside the Mall of New Hampshire and drove off on Jan 5.
He then drove to Vermont, where he forced the woman to rent a hotel room and proceeded to sexually assault the victim.
An investigation revealed that Simpson had stolen a car and escaped from a substance-abuse rehab facility in eastern Vermont three days earlier, according to police.
Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.