Fugitive found in Nepal back in NM custody

Neil Stammer
A man who was on the FBI's most wanted list is now in NM custody.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – APD says it’s been a long time coming and finally justice will be served.

The New Mexico man was on the FBI’s most wanted list after he fled Albuquerque 14 years ago.

Police say he ran after two boys claimed he sexually assaulted them during a time when they trusted him most.

He was their teacher.

It took six days to complete the extradition of Neil Stammer to New Mexico.

He was found in Nepal after traveling across the world, Stammer is back to Albuquerque where he now faces a child rape charge and one count of child molestation.

Stammer had been on the run since 2000 shortly after the sex abuse allegations surfaced.

That’s when Stammer was a known juggler and Albuquerque magic shop owner.

The victims took his juggling classes.

Soon after the boys came forward with the allegations, Stammer vanished.

Saturday KRQE News 13 learned he’s been all over the world, spending several years in Iowa, then popping up in Nepal.

About two weeks ago, officials there discovered that Stammer was using an alias and had forged a passport.

An FBI most wanted poster on their wall broke the case wide open.

After a six day extradition, he’s now back in New Mexico.

“Justice is being served. He’s now in custody. We’re trying to bring that justice to the victims who are out there in our city,” said Officer Simon Drobik.

Police say the district attorney’s office has been in contact with Stammers’ alleged victims to let them know he was caught and on his way back to Albuquerque.

Despite Stammer forging a passport, he claims he had no idea that authorities were looking for him.

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