Anguilla Pursues Warrant For US Man Involved In Hotel Death

Sean Adams
November 12, 2019 - 1:37 pm
Scott Hapgood

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019 file photo, 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 media conference in New York. Hapgood declined to return to the British Caribbean territory for the latest pretrial hearing on Monday, Nov. 11, and Anguilla officials rejected an offer that he appear by video link for the hearing. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

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DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Officials in Anguilla say they are preparing a warrant for the arrest of a Connecticut man who failed to appear for a pretrial hearing on a manslaughter charge.

The office of the attorney general for the British Caribbean territory said Tuesday the warrant for Scott Hapgood of Darien, Connecticut, will be shared with Interpol.

Hapgood, 44, who is charged in the death of a hotel worker he says attacked his family during their April vacation, is now considered a fugitive in the eyes of the court in Anguilla after missing Monday's hearing.

Hapgood claims the hotel worker, Kenny Mitchel, tried to rob him at knifepoint and later died during a violent struggle. According to the New York Times, a toxicology test revealed Mitchel had a lethal dose of cocaine in his system.

A spokesman said he decided against returning to the island for the hearing because he was worried about his safety and Anguilla officials did not provide assurances he would be allowed to remain free on bond.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal has relayed his concerns to the State Department.

"The threat to his physical safety, but also the lack of any assurance that there would be fair, transparent proceedings," Blumenthal said.

Anguilla's attorney general said in a news release the concerns about Hapgood's safety and the fairness of proceedings are “totally groundless.”

President Donald Trump has has vowed to take a closer look at the case.

WCBS 880 contributed to this report.