NORWALK — A Philadelphia man on the run for choking and harassing his girlfriend was picked up Sunday after a Philadelphia area woman reading her newspaper’s “most wanted” section called Norwalk police and led them to where the man was hiding out inside a low-income South Norwalk housing complex, police said.
Although he first identified himself to police carrying a picture of him as “Jerome,” Eric Carter, 25, of 1622 Loretto St., Philadelphia, was charged with being a fugitive from justice and held in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Carter, who was arraigned on the charge Monday at state Superior Court in Norwalk, now faces extradition to Pennsylvania at his next scheduled court appearance May 18.
Sgt. Lisa Cotto said that police were tipped off to Carter’s whereabouts on Sunday when a woman from the Philadelphia area called to tell them where a wanted criminal was.
The woman said she saw Carter’s name in a “most wanted” feature of the Philadelphia Northeast Times, which gave his description and his alleged crimes.
The woman said she knew that Carter was staying at the Monterey Village Apartment complex on Monterey Place in South Norwalk.
With a print out of Carter’s picture, police went up to the low income housing complex late Sunday night and quickly found a man that looked like the one in the picture, Cotto said.
At first, the man said his name was Jerome, but then admitted to being Carter, Cotto said.
When being taken into custody, Carter had two small bags of marijuana on him, Cotto said.
According to the newspaper article that led to his arrest, Carter was wanted for violating multiple protective orders and making threats to his former girlfriend.
On Nov. 10 he approached the woman and threatened to blow up her house. On Jan. 15 he allegedly choked the woman at her house, the Northeast Times said.