A Presque Isle man who’s been on the run for more than 7 years was extradited back to the County last night. And as News Source 8’s Angela Christoforos reports, it’s all thanks to partnerships and collaborations with the Presque Isle Police.
“This picture just shows the victim with blood on her lip. Scrapes, cuts, and bruises all over her arm,” says Patrolmen Ryan Eagles of the Presque Isle Police.
Patrolmen Ryan Eagles of Presque Isle Police showed me the original report from the late 90’s- when Presque Isle Resident John Vaillancourt was arrested charged and convicted of robbery, burglary, criminal restraint, theft, and assault of an elderly woman.
“His original charge was 18 years, 10 months,” said Eagles.
Vaillancourt served 6 years from about 1998 to 2004 until he was released on probation. In 2006 he fled the state and he’s been on the run ever since- until now. Thursday evening Vaillancourt was extradited back to the County.
“With this particular wanted person we worked with the Corrections Department, the DA’s office, U.S. Marshalls, Monroe County’s Sheriff’s Office, Key West Police,” said Eagles.
Through these collaborations and public records, Presque Isle Police were able to pinpoint Vaillancourt’s location over 2,000 miles away in Key West Florida.
“We traveled into one of the busiest airports in the Country Atlanta, kept a close eye on him we didn’t want to lose him in the crowd and shuffle and bustle of the airport so finally when we landed it was a sigh of relief,” said Eagles.
After being on the run for more than 7 years, it’s also a sigh of relief for the victim’s family, who Eagles notified of the arrest.
“When I got that phone call saying he just was arrested, it was a good day,” said Eagles.
Thursday evening Vaillancourt was transported to Caribou and Friday morning he was taken to the Aroostook County jail. Presque Isle Police say Vaillancourt likely has 8 to 10 years left to serve. He’s expected to have a probation revocation hearing in Superior Court in the next month or so.