Officers Recapture Stabbing Suspect After Jumping Bail
Eric J. Stiggle
September 15, 2010
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut authorities say a man charged with stabbing and kidnapping his ex-wife before leading police on a 50-mile chase on the Massachusetts Turnpike has been recaptured after he posted bail using a fake letter from a dead lawyer.
Norwich police say they arrested 39-year-old Eric Stiggle of New London Tuesday night.
Authorities say Stiggle missed a court date Tuesday and a state judge ordered him rearrested with bail set at $2.5 million. Prosecutors say he used the bogus letter to convince a bondsman to post his more than $1.3 million bail Monday.
Police say Stiggle stabbed his ex-wife in Bridgeport on May 30 and forced her into a car. The ordeal ended the next day, when Stiggle crashed the car in Chatham, N.Y., during a chase that began in Holyoke, Mass. The woman survived.
Records from the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch website show the following incidents resulting in criminal charges against Eric J. Stiggle:
October 5, 2005: Larceny 3rd Deg; 1 year in jail [Verdict, January 25, 2007]
September 29, 2004: Poss Cntrld Sbstnc/<4 Oz Mrhna; unconditional discharge [Vedict, February 3, 2005]
July 28, 2004: Larceny 6th Deg; unconditional discharge [Vedict, March 29, 2005]
July 3, 2004: ILL Opn Mv Und Influ (2nd Off); 2 years jail, $1,000 fine; Execution Suspended After 1 Year, Probation 3 Years [Vedict, January 30, 2006]
July 3, 2004: Asslt Pb Sfty/Emr Med/Pub Trns; 10 years jail; Execution Suspended After 4 Years, Probation 3 Years [Verdict, January 30, 2006]
December 18, 2003: Violation Of Protective Ord; 5 Years Jail, Execution Suspended After 18 Months, Probation 3 Years | Assault 3rd Deg; 1 Year Jail, Execution Suspended, Probation 3 Years | Threatening 2nd Deg; 1 Year Jail, Execution Suspended, Probation 3 Years [Verdict, January 18, 2005]
September 3, 2003: ILL Opn Mv Under Infl Alc/Drug; 2 years jail, $2,000 fine [Verdict, March 8, 2006]
September 3, 2003: Criminal impersonation; 6 months jail [Verdict, March 8, 2006]
August 4, 2001: Threatening 2nd Deg; 1 Year Jail [Verdict, August 31, 2001]
August 14, 2001: Asslt Pb Sfty/Emr Med/Pub Trns; 23 months jail, Sentence Modified / suspended after time served, July 15 2003 [Verdict, August 31, 2001]
June 9, 2001: ILL Opn Mv Und Suspnsn-Alcohol; 30 days jail, $500 fine [Verdict, August 31, 2001]
November 11, 2000: ILL Opn Mv Under Infl Alc/Drug; 6 Months Jail, Execution Suspended After 120 Days, Conditional Discharge 1 Year, $1,000 fine [Verdict, June 19, 2001]