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Officers Recapture Stabbing Suspect After Jumping Bail

Officers Recapture Stabbing Suspect After Jumping Bail

Eric J. Stiggle

Associated Press

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.


Prior record

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]


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