COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man out on bail for two dozen felony sexual abuse charges that were pending out of Scotland was caught in Colorado Springs on Friday. Reportedly after authorities believe he faked his own death.
11 News reached out to the U.S. Marshals Service for more information on the arrest and learned the suspect was reportedly using disguises when in public and sleeping in different locations to elude authorities. They also believe he may have traveled to more than 10 states within the western and southern regions of the United States.
It took months, but law enforcement agencies from two countries worked together to track down 55-year old Kim Vincent Avis, who also goes by Ken Gordon-Avis. Back in February, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office in Florida received a report from Avis' son that his father did not return from a swim. A search team was utilized, including a dive team, and Avis was not found.
"We continued to investigate the case and learned that Avis was out on bail for 24-felony sexual abuse charges pending in Scotland," the Monterey County Sheriff's Office wrote in a press release. "After speaking with his ex-wife, we became suspicious of the drowning report. We re-interviewed his son and determined he was not telling the truth. Avis’s son was returned to Scotland with the help of Monterey County Child Protective Services."
U.S. Marshals were able to track Avis down to Colorado Springs. He was taken into custody on Friday. The U.S. Marshals Service could not share an exact location of his arrest, other than he was arrested in a motel parking lot on the south side of Colorado Springs. He was taken into custody without incident.
He is awaiting an extradition hearing.