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Toronto Police Arrest U.S. Fugitive with TV Help

December 19, 1994

TORONTO (AP) _ An alleged rapist wanted in two states landed in a Toronto jail cell after police tracked him down using a profile on the ″America’s Most Wanted″ television show.

Timothy Peay, 32, was arrested Saturday in the apartment he shared with a girlfriend, Detective Steve McAteer of the Toronto police said Sunday.

Peay is wanted for two rapes of college students in Chico, Calif., and he faces rape and child molestation charges in Buffalo, N.Y., McAteer said. Peay entered Canada by bus through Windsor, Ontario, about two months ago and was working at an adult video store when police caught up with him, the detective said.

He came to their attention after ″America’s Most Wanted″ profiled Peay in a Nov. 12 broadcast.

Sgt. John Carrillo of the Chico police said one of the students Peay is accused of raping had her nose broken and suffered a two-inch cut over her eye during the attack.

″The attacks were really violent and brutal,″ Carrillo said. ″The attacks shook up this community and his arrest is like Christmas coming early for us.″

McAteer said Peay fled California last July after being released on bail set at $1 million. A court error mistakenly recorded his bail as $100,000, and the lower amount was paid by family members.

Peay, who is also charged with unlawful flight, was due to appear in a Toronto court today.

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