For Immediate Release
|April 07, 2016||
Bill O’Toole, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of New York (518) 472-5430;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Hunt for Alleged Rapist of
Wheelchair Bound Victim
Reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest
Albany, NY - The U.S. Marshals are seeking the public’s help in locating accused rapist Michael Hawkins, who allegedly sexually assaulted a wheelchair bound victim in her Schenectady, New York, apartment while her loved ones slept only feet away.
“Predators like Michael Hawkins who prey on helpless victims must be brought to justice,” said U.S. Marshal David McNulty of the Northern District of New York. “We, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, are determined to make sure he’s held accountable, but we need the public’s help.”
On June 10, 2012, Hawkins allegedly raped the victim in her apartment after her family members went to bed. The victim, who was wheelchair bound and mentally challenged, reported the crime the next day and a warrant was issued for Hawkins’ arrest. He was formally charged with aggravated sex abuse in the first-degree and other crimes due to the victim’s disabilities. Hawkins remained undetected by authorities until the following year when he allegedly raped again.
On Nov. 8, 2013, Hawkins allegedly sexually assaulted the wife of a friend, who had invited Hawkins to his Rotterdam, New York, home for a family gathering. In this case, he was charged with first-degree rape.
Authorities believe Hawkins, 29, may have
fled the area after his crimes. He has personal ties in New York,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, Oregon, California and Florida, but his
whereabouts are currently unknown. Nicknamed “Zombie Mike” by his
friends for his poor hygiene, Hawkins is described as someone who can
hide anywhere to include wooded areas and survive off scraps. Due to his
past employment with traveling carnival companies based in New Jersey
and North Carolina, he could be working and traveling with similar
companies in Ohio, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and states along the East
“The Schenectady and Rotterdam Police departments, along with the Marshals, have dedicated countless man-hours during this fugitive investigation,” said McNulty. “With the public’s help, we are confident Hawkins will be arrested.”
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading directly to Hawkins’ arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102, or email: email@example.com.
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