NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The suspect in a shocking crime in Australia has ties to the New York City area.
Paul “Doug” Peters, 50, was ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin in Louisville, Ky. to be detained ahead of an Oct. 14 extradition hearing. Peters was arrested in a Louisville suburb Monday.
Peters reportedly worked in the accounting business, including stints at Arthur Andersen and at Connell Finance Company. It was during his time as managing director of investment banking that Connell’s that Peters lived in New York. He lived here for four years, until 2006, reported Australia’s Daily Telegraph.
The case sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie. Authorities allege that Peters broke into the home of 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. She’s the daughter of high-powered Australian Internet exec William Pulver.
According to court documents, Maddie Pulver was in her bedroom studying for her high school exams when an intruder showed up wielding a black, aluminum baseball bat. He wore a multi-colored balaclava over his head, and was carrying a black box.
After ordering her to sit still and stay quiet, the intruder then allegedly chained the black box to her neck, along with a lanyard and plastic document sleeve. The document sleeve contained a series of demands, though there’s no word yet what they specifically were. The intruder then left, saying “Count to 200… I’ll be back… if you move, I can see you’ll, I’ll be right here,” Pulver told authorities.
Pulver was attached to the black box for 10 hours while bomb technicians frantically worked to free her. She wasn’t hurt, and it turns out there was no explosive in the device.
Pulver said the intruder was in his 60s, with a medium build and slightly protruding stomach. She said he was 5’7″-5’9″ tall.
Investigators began looking into the crime. They say that it was an elaborate extortion bid, and they used an email address they found attached to the fake bomb to launch their investigation. That email address led them to arrest Peters.
Peters has reportedly been married twice and is a father of three.
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