(Long Island City, Queens)

A Central New Jersey fugitive, who fled 16 years ago after he was convicted of sexual assault, has finally been captured.

Rayed Bukhari, 42, of South Plainfield Image by Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

Middlesex County prosecutors say 42-year-old Rayed Bukhari (South Plainfield) was arrested Thursday by the FBI at his workplace in Long Island City, Queens. (Because who doesn’t lay low in L.I.C.) He was returned to New Jersey for a federal court appearance in Newark where he will remain in custody.

Authorities say Bukhari was convicted in November 2001 of sexual assault, criminal restraint, false imprisonment and a weapons charge. A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear for his sentencing in May of 2002.

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Prosecutors did not offer any additional information about his time as a fugitive or what led them to the suspect in Queens.

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