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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SWAT captures Australian fake bomb suspect in LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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By BRUCE SCHREINER - Associated Press / AP – 10 mins ago.

Belinda Pulver looks at her husband William as he makes a statement regarding the arrest of a 50-year-old man, in Sydney, Australia Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Paul "Doug" Peters was arrested on Monday and charged with breaking into Pulvers' home and chaining a fake bomb to their 18-year-old daughter Madeleine's neck, the FBI said. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Belinda Pulver looks at her husband William as he makes a statement regarding the …

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A man accused of breaking into a family's home in Australia and chaining a fake bomb to a teenage woman's neck as part of an extortion ploy had a court appearance scheduled Tuesday, a day after the FBI arrested him in a Louisville suburb.
Paul "Doug" Peters' capture by an FBI SWAT team is the latest in a bizarre case that began nearly two weeks ago in the wealthy Sydney suburb of Mosman.
Peters, 50, faces charges in Australia that include kidnapping and breaking and entering, said Luke Moore of the New South Wales Police. The extradition process will take about two months, authorities said.
Eighteen-year-old Madeleine Pulver was alone studying for exams Aug. 3 when a masked man broke into the house in the middle of the day, chained a device that looked like a bomb to her and left a note with demands before leaving.
Bomb technicians, negotiators and detectives rushed to the scene. Neighboring homes were evacuated, streets were closed and medical and fire crews waited nearby. Pulver spent 10 terrifying hours chained to the device before the bomb squad was able to free her. She was not hurt, and the device was later found to contain no explosives. Australia's prime minister said the event resembled "a Hollywood script."
Police say a note had been attached to the device, but they haven't released details of what it said.
Moore flew from Sydney to Louisville for the arrest, but would not go into detail about what led police to Peters.

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