- One of Quebec's 10 most wanted criminals, a man named Parthasarthie Kapoor, was arrested in New Jersey this week.
- He allegedly sexually assaulted minors.
One of Quebec's 10 most wanted criminals, a man named Parthasarthie Kapoor, was finally arrested this week after 17 years on the run. He had been charged with several crimes including sexual assault, possession, and production of child pornography. He allegedly assaulted five victims in Montreal between 1998 and 2003.
This article contains descriptions of sexual assault, which may trigger some readers. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, call the Assaulted Women's Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 or find them online here. You can also contact the Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault at 1-866-887-0015 or online here. For a list of resources by province, go here.
Kapoor, who was a permanent Canadian resident, fled to the United States in 2003 when he learned that he was under police investigation.
He was arrested in the United States on January 20, 2020, when he was intercepted at Newark Airport attempting to fly back home to India.
Arrest warrants were issued both in Canada and internationally, which allowed U.S. officials to take Kapoor into custody on Monday. Proceedings are underway to extradite him to Canada, though Kapoor did face the courts in New Jersey the day after his arrest.
The SPVM notes that "Parthasarthie Kapoor's arrest was made possible through the joint efforts of the Sexual Assault Section of the SPVM, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, the United States Marshals Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Interpol."
Kapoor, now 47, allegedly targeted "young boys between the ages of 7 and 14" and would lure them to his home where he would sexually assault them.
Kapoor's file on Quebec's 10 Most Wanted Criminals has now been updated to indicate that he has been arrested. His file includes details of his crimes that may be difficult for some readers.
It explains that Kapoor moved to Montreal in the early 2000s and founded an import and export company called Kapoor Garments.
"He soon became associated with religious groups in the Asian communities and took advantage of the closeness with families with children to assault several boys between the ages of 5 and 13."
"He used to film himself sexually abusing his victims and threatened to show the images to their families if they did not continue to allow the abuse."
The file also notes that Kapoor managed to travel to several countries using a false passport, including India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Russia, as well as within Canada and the United States between Ontario, Quebec, New Jersey, California, Texas, and New York.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of International Affairs of the Department's Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey currently handle extradition proceedings.
The government of Quebec offers resources for survivors of sexual assault, which can be found on its website here.
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