It took authorities from five different agencies to finally catch the suspected kidnapper and rapist Tuesday night. Police say they couldn't have done it without the victims' eyewitness accounts. Authorities from the Pennsylvania State Police, U.S. Forest Service, Maine State Police, Fort Kent Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police joined forces to capture 35-year old Michael Beaulieu of Anson, Maine. Beauliew was caught hiding out in a tent on a campground near Lac Baker, New Brunswick, Canada.
Seven days earlier police say he pulled a gun on a couple at the Kinzua Information Center in the Allegheny National Forest near the New York/Pennsylvania border. He reportedly tied the man up with duct tape then took off with the woman in his truck. Investigators say he later raped the woman at gun-point in a secluded area of forest then fled. Both the man and woman were able to get help.
Lieutenant Myra Taylor of the Pennsylvania State Police gave this statement to Eyewitness News,
"The Maine State Police recognized the sketch and some of the information...provided us then with a suspect who they thought this person may be. It was a remarkable resemblance to the sketch done and that is kudos to the victims who were terribly traumatized, but who held together and provided us with vital information."
In 2005 Beaulieu was convicted of sexual assault in Maine and sentenced to 10 years in prison. However, Beaulieu was released after serving four years.
The rest of his sentence was suspended. Beaulieu is currently still in custody in Canada. He'll later be extradited to Pennsylvania to face a number of aggravated assault charges including rape and kidnapping.