Prosecutors Say Suspect Used Fake Letter from Dead Lawyer

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut authorities say a man charged with stabbing and kidnapping his ex-wife before leading police on a 50-mile chase on the Massachusetts Turnpike has been recaptured after he posted bail using a fake letter from a dead lawyer.

Norwich police say they arrested 39-year-old Eric Stiggle of New London Tuesday night.

Authorities say Stiggle missed a court date Tuesday and a state judge ordered him rearrested with bail set at $2.5 million. Prosecutors say he used the bogus letter to convince a bondsman to post his more than $1.3 million bail Monday.

Police say Stiggle stabbed his ex-wife in Bridgeport on May 30 and forced her into a car. The ordeal ended the next day, when Stiggle crashed the car in Chatham, N.Y., during a chase that began in Holyoke, Mass.

The woman survived.

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