MINEOLA, N.Y. – A Roselle man convicted of rape in 1981 has been brought back to Nassau County after living as a fugitive for almost 30 years, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Thursday.
Rudy Carter, a.k.a. Rudy Ewin, 64, was charged with first degree rape on Aug. 9, 1979. He made bail and failed to appear before Judge Alfred Samenga during his trial on April 6, 1981. Carter was convicted “in absentia” on April 7, 1981 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
DA Investigator William Walsh cracked the cold case by obtaining DMV records and conducting surveillance of the fugitive while investigating a narcotics case. Nassau County Police Detective Joseph Maher, who is assigned to the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force furthered the investigation with members of the Task Force and located Carter.
Carter was arrested in New Jersey on March 4 and brought back to Nassau County where he was placed under arrest. He waived extradition and goes before a judge today. He faces 15 to 20 years in jail.
“This is a perfect example of the tenacity, skill, and dedication of our Nassau County and federal law enforcement agencies,” Rice said. “After 30 years on the run, our investigators and detectives were able to track down a dangerous fugitive with a violent track record. Let this be a lesson to criminals everywhere: you can run, but you can’t hide.”
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