Criminal Justice

Connecticut man accused of abducting son in 1987 is arrested; he wasn't afraid to use court system

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A man arrested in Connecticut on Friday wasn’t afraid to use the court system, although he was accused of abducting his toddler son in 1987 and living under an assumed name.

Allan Mann Jr., 66, had been using the name Hailee Randolph DeSouza when he was arrested in a Hartford suburb and charged with making false statements to federal officials and in transactions related to his government-subsidized housing, according to a press release. The Hartford Courant, the Journal Inquirer, the Associated Press and the Canadian Press have coverage.

Mann was accused of submitting a counterfeit birth certificate to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in a rental application. Mann abducted his 21-month-old son, Jermaine Allan Mann, in Toronto in June 1987 during a court-ordered visit, according to allegations in the Department of Justice press release.

Jermaine Mann had been told his mother died when he was young, authorities said. Jermaine Mann was told the truth shortly before a court hearing for his father, and the Courant observed that Jermaine Mann was sobbing in the courtroom.

Mother and son have since been reunited, according to the Canadian Press.

Allan Mann has filed several lawsuits over the years that allege discrimination by his employers and the apartment complex where he has lived with his son since 2004, according to the Courant. Mann always represented himself, and he always lost.

Evidence in the criminal case included a comparison of a driver’s license for DeSouza with a photo of Mann, as well as a fingerprint match.

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