Arrest Warrant For UBS Banker Scott Hapgood In Death Of Anguilla Hotel Worker Becomes An International Incident

Kevin Mwanza
Written by Kevin Mwanza
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Anguilla officials have filed for an arrest warrant against U.S. banker Scott Hapgood, who is accused of killing a hotel worker on the Caribbean island. Scott Hapgood (right), a U.S. financial adviser charged with killing a hotel worker while on vacation in Anguilla, and his lawyer Juliya Arbisman, (left), hold a press conference, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in New York. Image: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Anguilla officials have issued an arrest warrant against a “fugitive” U.S. banker accused of killing a hotel worker on the Caribbean island.

The story of Scott Hapgood, a UBS trader from Connecticut who has been charged with manslaughter in the British island territory, has become an international incident. U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted about it.

Arrest warrant issued for Hapgood

Hapgood, 44, and his family were on vacation in April when they said Kenny Mitchel, 27, tried to rob Hapgood at knifepoint in front of two of his children in their room at the Malliouhana hotel. A violent struggle ensued and Mitchel later died.

The banker skipped a court hearing and is now considered a “fugitive”. He could be extradited to Anguilla to face a manslaughter charge for the death of Mitchel, the Caribbean island’s attorney general said in a statement.

The warrant “will be circulated through Interpol to police forces around the world,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

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Hapgood’s wife, Kallie Hapgood, went on “Fox & Friends” to bring attention to her husband’s plight and seek help from Trump, which elicited his tweet.

Hapgood has returned to the island three times since he was charged and released on a $74,000 bond. However, he skipped his last hearing saying that he feared for his life.