Man wanted in 1996 killing in Poland arrested in New Jersey

A 38-year-old man accused of beating another man to death nearly two decades ago at a disco in Poland has been arrested in New Jersey.

Federal prosecutors say Rafal Kaldon was taken into custody Wednesday morning and charged with being a fugitive from a foreign country. He faces extradition.

Authorities say Kaldon and an accomplice entered a disco in Poland in August 1996, walked up to Norbert Nowak and beat the man until he collapsed. Prosecutors say witnesses tried to resuscitate Nowak, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kaldon’s sister told authorities her brother took his passport and cash immediately after the beating and fled the country.

Defense attorney Nancy Lucianna tells The Record newspaper she expects her client to be exonerated and not extradited to Poland.

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