An American paedophile, Alan Jay Horowitz, wanted by the Interpol and listed among the 100 most wanted men in New York, was on Tuesday arrested in Mahabalipuram, 50 kilometers from Chennai, after an 11-month manhunt across Asia.
"We had a red corner alert from the Interpol about Horowitz. He was arrested last evening in Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) and was produced before the court on Wednesday morning. He has now been lodged in the Chennai Puzhal jail. We expect the extradition proceedings to start soon," Tamil Nadu Director General of Police D Mukherjee said on Wednesday.
Horowitz, an ordained orthodox rabbi and child psychiatrist, jumped parole last year after serving 15 years in Oneida prison, New York, for sexual abuse of minors. He had fled the United States using a fake passport and travel documents.
The 60-year-old reportedly travelled across the Far East, including Hong Kong and Thailand, taking cover among the high concentration of foreign travellers. According to Kancheepuram Superintendent of Police A Amalraj, Horowitz arrived in Bangalore two weeks ago from Thailand before proceeding to Mahabalipuram, where Interpol tracked him down.
The American Consulate General in south India, David T Hopper, had met the DGP a couple of days ago to pass on information about the fugitive's presence in the state. When a police team reached the hotel on Tuesday evening, Horowitz slipped away. But he was intercepted later while travelling in an autorickshaw.