LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An Australian man tracked to Kentucky is now charged in a bomb extortion plot and he will stay in the commonwealth a little longer. The FBI arrested Paul Douglas Peters at his ex-wife's home in La Grange. According to the complaint, police have been tracking him from the start - securing records, surveillance video, and travel documents that led them right to his door in Kentucky.
The 50-year-old was shuttled to the Federal Courthouse in Louisville where Luke Moore, a Detective Superintendent with the New South Wales Police Force, was waiting.
"We'll be applying to the court for extradition," said Moore.
When Peters faced the judge his legs were shackled and sleeves rolled up. That's how 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver described her attacker -with sleeves rolled up, a baseball bat, but his face covered. Court documents show he forced a box against her throat and locked it with a chain and left a note demanding money which read: "Plastic explosives are located inside the small black combination case delivered to you. The case is booby trapped."
The girl spent 10 hours with it locked on her neck, thinking it was an explosive, but it turned out to be fake.
When Australian media asked Pulver how she was doing, she responded, "Everyday's better."
The complaint shows that the suspect left an email address and police used surveillance video and car records to link Peters to the locations in New South Wales where the email account was accessed.
"I can't comment on the case," said Moore.
The FBI picked up Peters at his ex-wife's house in La Grange Monday afternoon. Peters ex-wife was crying at the hearing. According to Scott C. Cox, Peters attorney, the couple divorced in 2007.
"There's no reason to believe that she has any involvement in this," said Cox.
Cox says Peters does not have dual citizenship in the United States, he is an investment banker, and an attorney in good standing without a criminal history.
Court records linked him to the girl's family saying he was formerly employed by a company which has ties to the Pulver family. Her father is an Australian businessman.
Australia has 60 days from August 15 to file the paperwork for extradition. A hearing is scheduled for October 14.