CHAD HOWER (a.k.a. Kudzu) has been wanted by the FBI and INTERPOL since 2006. He was accused of kidnapping his own son, Alex (Aarys) Hower, which he did not do. There are numerous factual inaccuracies in the United States’ case against Chad, but over a decade later they refuse to dismiss the charges against him.
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- Part 1 – Chad Hower, popularly known as the Tik Tok fugitive, has been pursued by both the FBI and Interpol for over 15 years due to false allegations of international kidnapping. Was it a genuine case of kidnapping, or could there be a connection to a failed CIA recruitment attempt involving this former Microsoft employee?
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- Part 1 – Even if a parent has custody, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will not become a fugitive wanted across the globe.
- Part 2 – I dive into how his custodial disagreement leads to him being indicted on federal charges by the FBI. This ultimately leads to an Interpol RED notice that results in a three month detainment in a Bulgarian prison.
- Part 3 – In 2022, Chad fought the federal charges, offering extradition in return for air ambulance transport and a speedy trial, or requested the U.S. to dismiss the indictment. Sadly, the U.S. was not ready to let it go, and Chad is STILL in St. Kitts needing urgent medical care.
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- The TikTok Fugitive: FBI targeting – You’ll hear the fascinating story of a man who woke up as a wanted man by the FBI for kidnapping, yet he was already awarded sole custody of his son. After nearly two decades, he’s still hiding out awaiting justice to clear his name. At the same time, he has a debilitating medical condition and is running out of time. This is the story of Chad Hower, AKA the TikTok Fugitive.
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“You’re not paranoid if they really are after you.”
No, it is not some kind of joke. Seriously, he’s wanted by Interpol.
How did this happen?
It is a very complicated story. The latest court date was in September 2022, when the charges were not dismissed and the judge asked Chad to turn himself into the American Embassy in St. Kitts. (Such a place does not exist.)
Prior to his current marriage, Chad was married once before. He married his first wife in Kentucky, and they moved to Tennessee and his son Aarys (he prefers to go by Alex) was born in Tennessee in 1996. Tennessee is the only state they ever lived in as a married couple, and Tennessee is the only state Alex ever lived.
In early 2001 Alex’s mother and Chad separated. Chad took an opportunity and moved overseas to Europe. Alex remained with his mother in Tennessee. Unfortunately, his mother repeatedly interfered with Chad’s visitation times with Alex and hid him more than once. In 2005, after several years and several stern warnings from the judge, custody was transferred to Chad. Alex came to live with Chad overseas.
After losing custody, Alex’s mother resided in Pennsylvania. Alex has never lived in Pennsylvania and has no ties other than some extended family. In Pennsylvania, she filed kidnapping charges against me while ignoring the change of custody order which transferred Alex to Chad.
Chad flew with Alex to the US in June 2006 to bring him to summer visitation with his mother until school resumed again back in Cyprus (A member of the European Union) in September. They separated in Boston and Alex flew escorted to Cleveland to meet with his mother. Chad proceeded to Seattle as he was working for Microsoft at the time.
In August his mother tried to interfere and said she did not intend to return Alex at the end of the summer vacation. In fact, it took a court order to force her to do so.
Judge White of Pennsylvania enforced the Tennessee order and explicitly ordered her to put him back on the plane to Cyprus and he arrived in Cyprus on September 2, 2006 (European dates have the day before the month)
Chad was only in the US for approximately one week in 2006, and left the US in mid-June 2006 and has not returned since. During this trip, he never entered the borders of Pennsylvania. This is an important note because the kidnapping charge says it occurred on November 6, 2006 – which as presented is impossible as I have not been in the US since June 2006. Even the FBI contradicts itself in the sealed indictment.
The very same Judge White, just 2 months later on November 6th then participated in creating knowingly false kidnapping charges against Chad and claimed that Alex’s whereabouts were unknown although both he and his mother had full contact information for him in Cyprus.
Later these were trumped up into Federal Kidnapping Charges. This was done in secret behind closed doors in a Federal Grand Jury. No notice was ever given nor was any chance given for any legal defense of Chad to be present.
The FBI publicized it widely to influence public opinion to their side. Chad made the front page of the Erie Times twice (Pennsylvania’s third-largest city). Chad was also featured in the AP news wire, Pittsburgh papers, and Philadelphia papers, as well as state-wide and regional TV and radio news. In fact, this is how Chad’s family found out I was arrested in Bulgaria – by seeing it on the evening news.
Chad was totally unaware of any such charges existing until he was arrested in 2009 during a business trip in Bulgaria. Since then a bureaucratic nightmare has ensued with FBI agents more interested in covering their mistakes than resolving the situation.
The US government has tried and failed TWICE to extradite Chad from two separate countries. Yet, they keep up the farce. After the evidence was unsealed during the first extradition attempt, it was revealed that the only evidence ever presented is the testimony of my ex-wife who has repeatedly lied on the stand on numerous occasions.
Is he still wanted?
As of October 2022, Chad is still considered a fugitive by the US Government. He is unable to travel at all else he will be arrested again and face an expensive extradition procedure which will eventually fail the US government each and every time.
His mother has visited him where we now reside, yet they still list him as missing and his whereabouts unknown. His son is currently in his twenties and is an adult. He chooses to have no relationship with her while she continues this farce. Yet she continues this and chooses to have no relationship with her son over this.
Alex was listed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as missing until 2022, despite being 26 years old at that point. The only thing that got the poster taken down was a TikTok Chad posted criticizing NCMEC.
They claim they still have no idea where Alex is. However, his mother visited him in 2009 in his home country of St. Kitts and was granted supervised visitation. A few days later she petitioned the court to take him back to the US and was denied. Despite having an open-ended plane ticket facilitated and funded by the US government. She was unemployed and had no reason to return home immediately. As soon as she was denied by the court (side note: at this time Chad was still being detained in Bulgaria during an extradition attempt, see Further Reading below for details), she changed her ticket and returned home the next day. Why would she do this instead of spending time with her son?
His mother and her family have even sent him letters. This is a letter from his grandparents (his mother’s parents), postmarked April 12, 2011. Before his maternal grandmother’s death in 2015 both Alex and Chad called and spoke to her several times a year. Yes, even his mother’s mother remained civil and continued to speak to us during all of this.
As they have already been the subject of several “media frenzies”, We have blacked out addresses to protect their family which also includes two younger children.
And if that is not enough proof of their deceit, here is a Pennsylvania court order from the very same Pennsylvania court acknowledging that they know where Alex is.
In 2021 the State of Pennsylvania dismissed the case. The case was the entire foundation of the Federal charges. Despite this, they have refused to drop the federal charges. Immediately after the state charges were dropped, for the first time in over 10 years his mother sent him a letter. At the very same address, they have lived at for nearly 15 years.
In 2022 Chad’s legal team went through the process of asking the federal court to either set a trial date or dismiss the charges, due to the fact that the information underlying the indictment is largely false. Unfortunately, the court continues to support the prosecutor’s attempt to cover up his mistake. During this point, Chad also amassed a TikTok following of 80,000 and growing, as he shares his story. After criticizing NCMEC on TikTok, Alex’s missing poster was taken down. Chad’s health situation is extremely dire, and he is looking for media coverage to get these charges dismissed so he can travel for healthcare and try to lead a normal life.
In 2023, Chad has discovered that the FBI agent from his case (now retired from the FBI) is continuing to discourage journalists from covering Chad’s story. Chad’s TikTok audience continues to grow, and he has started to do a series of live streams titled “sunsets with a fugitive” from his balcony in St. Kitts.
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