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Rhode Island man who faked his death allegedly attacked four local women during yearlong period


A man accused of faking his own death to avoid jailtime once flew into a rage over a crying child and on another occasion forced a woman to repay him for dinner after she refused his sexual advances, according to a report.

Nicholas Alahverdian, 34, gained international notoriety after it was revealed last month that he faked his own death in 2020 to evade sex and fraud charges. He assumed a false identity in Scotland, but his cover was blown after he was hospitalized with a life-threatening case of Covid and he was arrested by Interpol, only to be released on bail weeks later.

He was arrested again Thursday for missing an extradition hearing as new allegations about his disturbing personal life came to light.

One woman told Pawtucket police that Alahverdian became ‘enraged’ after she rebuked his advances after a dinner date, according to police reports obtained by the Providence Journal.

While they were convening in his apartment later that night, he became ‘enraged’ after she rejected his advances and demanded to be compensated for the meal they shared. 

After taking away her phone, he drove her to a nearby ATM and instructed her to withdraw $200.  She acquiesced because ‘she felt she had no choice but to give him the money, in fear of further violence,’ the report said.

The night got stranger for the woman when Alahverdian ordered her to sign an agreement – while he videotaped – that said ‘she could not pursue legal action and that the money she gave him was for therapy for him due to her violent actions and her sexual addiction.’

Nicholas Alahverdian, pictured in 2011, has been arrested for a suspected sex attack after faking his death from cancer and fleeing from the US to Scotland

Another accuser told police in July 2010 that Alahverdian lured her to his apartment under the guise that she’d be visiting his art studio. Instead, she told cops, he took away her phone and pressed her for sex.

When she refused his advances, he said ‘if she left, he would kill himself by stabbing himself in the chest with a knife,’ the Journal reported. Alahverdian was taken to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Police returned to his apartment that November on a tip, and said they encountered an ‘extremely upset’ woman with injuries to both eyes. 

Suspected conman Nicholas Alahverdian, who also goes by Nicholas Rossi, is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of two sex-related crimes in 2008. His mugshot from the sex offenders' registry is pictured

Suspected conman Nicholas Alahverdian, who also goes by Nicholas Rossi, is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of two sex-related crimes in 2008. His mugshot from the sex offenders’ registry is pictured 

The woman told cops that Alahverdian became angry after their dinner guests’ child began crying earlier that night, which led to a violent argument.

Alahverdian ‘grabbed her and knocked her to the ground and held her down’  and ‘slapped her on the facial area,’ the outlet reported.

He resisted arrest, prompting police to physically carry him out of the apartment and into the cruiser, where he repeatedly smashed his head against the metal bars while screaming ‘very loudly’.

He was pepper sprayed by the arresting officers in an effort to get him to stop self-harming.

An arrest warrant was issued for Alahverdian in 2011 for violating a restraining order obtained by his then-wife.

DailyMail.com has requested copies of the arrest reports from the Pawtucket police. It’s not clear whether Alahverdian was convicted or served jail time for the allegations.

He went on the run in 2020 after police began closing in on him over other fraud and sex crime allegations.  In an attempt to turn down the heat, he wrote and published his own obituary that said he died of cancer and his ashes were scattered at sea. 

One accuser told police that Alahverdian picked up the dinner tab during a date, but demanded to be repaid $200 after she refused his advances

One accuser told police that Alahverdian picked up the dinner tab during a date, but demanded to be repaid $200 after she refused his advances 

He faked his own death in 2000 and fled the country to evade sex and fraud allegations, and went as far as to pen and publish his own obituary

He faked his own death in 2000 and fled the country to evade sex and fraud allegations, and went as far as to pen and publish his own obituary

He’s in the process of being extradited to the US to face a rape charge in Utah after allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend in 2008. 

Police believe he could be responsible for similar attacks in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Utah and Ohio.

Also in 2008, he was convicted in Dayton, Ohio of public indecency and sexual imposition; Alahverdian claimed in a 2013 civil lawsuit that the charges stemmed from accusations he masturbated in a hallway of Sinclair Community College. 

That saw him end up on the Ohio sex offenders’ registry, where his mugshot remains to this day.  

This map shows the trail of havoc and alleged criminal behavior carried out by Nicholas Alahverdian across the US

This map shows the trail of havoc and alleged criminal behavior carried out by Nicholas Alahverdian across the US 

He is suspected of carrying out multiple other sex attacks, and was also accused of a $200,000 fraud after taking out credit cards and loans in his foster mother’s husband’s name in Ohio, it is alleged. 

Alahverdian divorced his second wife in 2017 after less than two years of marriage, and is also said to owe her $52,000. Both of his former spouses took out restraining orders against him after their marriage ended. 

Years before the made-for-Hollywood story unfolded, Alahverdian was a Rhode Island political activist who claimed to be victimized by the foster system as child, and who called for changes to state law. 

His tale of a man with a haunted past – who overcame adversity to become a Harvard-educated political scientist – amazed the circles he frequented, with multiple lawmakers taking pity on him.

Alahverdian is suspected of carrying out multiple sex attacks, and was accused of a $200,000 fraud after taking out credit cards and loans in his foster parentshusband's name in Ohio, it is alleged

Alahverdian is suspected of carrying out multiple sex attacks, and was accused of a $200,000 fraud after taking out credit cards and loans in his foster mother’s husband’s name in Ohio, it is alleged

He was so cunning that, as a young teenage, he nearly convinced a state representative to adopt him.

Former state representative Brian Coogan, 51, previously told DailyMail.com that he met and was charmed by Alahverdian in 2000, while he was working as a politician and Alahverdian was volunteering as an errand boy at the state house. 

Coogan told DailyMail.com that he was initially enamored by the troubled teen – who claimed to be sexually and physically victimized in foster care – and moved to give him a permanent family after Alahverdian ‘begged me to adopt him’ shortly after they met.

On the day he was in court to begin adoption proceedings, Coogan said he overheard Alahverdian threatening a social worker, saying: ‘I’ll tell them you abused me, that you hit me.’ 

A judge later talked Coogan and his wife out of it, warning that he was ‘manipulative’ and prone to stealing peoples’ identities.

The charge Alahverdian is awaiting extradition for relates to the rape of a woman in Orem, Utah who he befriended on MySpace in 2008 and later attacked, Utah County District Attorney David Leavitt told DailyMail.com. 

Criminal past of Nicholas Alahverdian 

Date unknown: Failure to register as a sex offender in Rhode Island. Accused of separate attack which allegedly saw him kidnap and sexually assault a woman

Date unknown: Accused of similar abduction and sexual assault attempt in Massachusetts    

2008: Convicted of sexual assault in Ohio after an ‘encounter’ with a fellow student at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. In September 2008, he allegedly raped an ex-girlfriend in Orem, Utah – the allegation that led to his arrest in December 2021.   

November 2010:  Arrested for allegedly assaulting girlfriend in his Rhode Island apartment after they quarreled over a guest’s crying child

December 2010: A woman called police to report that she went on a dinner date with Alahverdian that turned sour after she rebuffed his advances. He ordered her to give him $200 and took away her phone

April 2011:  An arrest warrant was issued for Alahverdian for violating a restraining order obtained by his then-wife 

2017: Fraud in Ohio. Former foster mom in same state accused Alahverdian of $200,000 scam which saw him allegedly take out fake credit cards and loans in her husband’s name 

February 2020: Fakes his own death of lymphoma, with unnamed ‘widow’ claiming  Alahverdian had been buried at sea. In July, DNA links him to 2008 sex attack in Orem, Utah – the charge which ultimately led to his discovery in Scotland

December 2021: Arrested at hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, while intubated with COVID on suspicion of Utah sex attack

January 2022: Set to be extradited back to the US, where Alahverdian is almost certain to face further fraud charges for faking his own death in February 2020 



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