BOYNTON BEACH POLICE ARREST RAPE SUSPECT AS HE WAITED FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Boynton Beach Police and U.S. Marshals arrested a man wanted on rape charges shortly before hewas due to board a flight to Haiti.
Photos released by Boynton Beach Police show Pascal Estime, 55, in handcuffs inside the terminalat Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Saturday.
That is where police say Estime was preparing to board a JetBlue flight to his nativePort-Au-Prince, Haiti. That is where police say he would have escaped charges of rape he is nowfacing.
Detectives say Estime repeatedly raped a now 33-year-old mentally handicapped woman in 2004. Thevictim, police say, was impregnated and the pregnancy was terminated and used for DNA evidence.
The case went cold for more than a decade.
Twelve years later, in July 2016, Boynton Beach Detective Brent Joseph tracked Estime down toOrlando where he was able to serve a warrant to obtain Estime’s DNA. Police say a paternitytest showed a 99.9997 percent match of Estime being the father of his victim’s fetus.
Boynton Beach Police faced a time-crunch tracking Estime down again as a tipster told policeEstime booked a flight out of Fort Lauderdale to Haiti.
With the help of Broward Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals South Florida RegionalFugitive Task Force, Estime was arrested Saturday.
Police say Estime confessed to the crimes. He is due to appear in a Palm Beach County courtSunday morning for First Appearance.
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