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Federal Fugitive Task Force tracks down, captures NH murder suspect in Florida

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Reporter | Oct 13, 2021

Zakhia Charabaty, 42, formerly of Manchester; murder victim

MANCHESTER — A suspect in the murder of Manchester resident Zakhia Charabaty, who disappeared in March 2020 and was found dead four months later in Massachusetts, was taken into custody Monday in Kissimmee, Florida, according to Attorney General John Formella.

The arrest of Anderson Pereira, 42, formerly of Manchester, “was the culmination of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into Mr. Charabaty’s disappearance and death,” Formella said in announcing the arrest.

Pereira is being held in Florida on a fugitive from justice charge, pending his extradition to New Hampshire.

Once handed over to New Hampshire authorities, Pereira will be booked on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of falsification of physical evidence, according to Formella.

The murder charge accuses Pereira of “purposely causing Mr. Charabaty’s death by means of homicidal violence,” he added.

On March 14, 2020, Manchester police and other law enforcement agencies launched an investigation into Charabaty’s disappearance, two days after he was last seen at his residence on Pasture Drive, which runs off Donald Street on Manchester’s West Side.

On July 9, 2020, members of an FBI Evidence Response Team recovered Charabaty’s body in Methuen, Massachusetts.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.


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