After two years on the run, a man wanted for molesting a child in 2012 was finally discovered living in New York City. When law enforcement descended upon the man a shootout occurred, resulting in the death of the suspect — as well as 3 non-fatal injuries.
Charles Mozdir, 32, managed to disappear off the face of the earth after being accused of molesting a 6-year-old boy in 2012. Just days after appearing on CNN’s The Hunt with John Walsh, the suspect was found by law enforcement officials. Unfortunately, when the NYPD tried to take Charles into custody he started shooting at officers, managing to wound one police officer and two US Marshals. Sadly this accused child molester will not be forced to face a judge because the shootout he began also resulted in his own death.
Charles Mozdir: Accused Child Molested Killed In NYC Shootout
Just hours after receiving a tip that alleged sex offender Charles Mozdir was living in the West Village in New York City, the NYPD formed a plan of attack.
The tipster provided an actual address, and on Monday, July 28, NYPD and other law enforcement officials descended upon the apartment building in hopes of putting Charles in custody for his 2012 child molestation charges.
Unfortunately, Charles was heavily armed when the NYPD arrived and began a violent stand-off with the officers. The shooting resulted in three injuries, as well as Charles’ death, reports CNN.
Charles is accused of molesting a then 6-year-old boy in June 2012 in California. The little boy was the son of his two close friends, and they reported Charles after their boy revealed he had “touched” his “private parts” while babysitting him one night.
Once Charles was reported and arrested, investigators were given a search warrant for Charles’ apartment where they discovered child pornagraphy on his cell phone and computer.
The victim’s parents have asked to keep their son’s identity, as well as their own, anonymous at this time.
Charles Was On The Run For 2 Years
After posting bail and skipping an arraignment hearing in June 2012, Charles reportedly took all of his money and went on the run.
Five days later investigators discovered Charles’ car abandoned near a highway in Georgia, but that was the last police ever saw of him.
The first time CNN’s The Hunt profiled Charles, they received a tip that he was working as a waiter in New York City. Sadly, the tip did not work out — and police were left stumped once again.
Hoping for more clues, CNN re-aired the episode on Sunday July 27, which is when they received the tip that the alleged child molester was residing in the West Village
Our thoughts go out to the victim and his parents at this time. Hopefully they can find peace and move on with their lives now that Charles is no longer a part of it.
– Lauren Cox