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American fugitive Sean Lopes to be extradited after working in Northfleet supermarket

PUBLISHED: 16:26 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:26 11 February 2014

Sean Lopes is set to be extradited back to the USA.

Sean Lopes is set to be extradited back to the USA.

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An American fugitive found working in a Northfleet Sainsbury's store is set to be extradited back to the US.

Sean Lopes, 47, fled the states in November 2004 prior to his trial over the kidnap of his 22-year-old girlfriend.

He was convicted of kidnapping and possession of a weapon in his absence in 2005, after skipping out on his $250,000 bail. Lopes was sentenced to 15 years in prison, as well as two one-year sentences to run alongside for weapons offences.

However, on May 6 last year police found him working as a store manager in Pepper Hill, and living in Chatham.

His case was sent to the Home Secretary, Teresa May, by a District Judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a decision on whether to order an extradition.

A Home Office spokesman said: “On January 29 the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed an order for Sean Lopes’ extradition to the United States.”

Lopes had until yesterday (Wednesday) to decide whether to appeal the decision.

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