Australian Collar Bomb Suspect to Drop Extradition Fight

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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An Australian fugitive suspected of terrorizing a teenage girl with a fake collar bomb has decided to agree to return to Australia from the United States to face charges.

Paul Douglas Peters is set to appear Wednesday in a court in Kentucky, where he is expected to announce his decision. His lawyer declined to comment on why the Australian citizen decided not to fight extradition.

U.S. officials say Australian police will pick up Peters after his hearing in Kentucky and return him to Australia's state of New South Wales to face charges.

Court documents in the United States allege that the 50-year-old Peters entered the Sydney home of 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver on August 3 wearing a woolen hood and wielding an aluminum baseball bat.

They say he attached a device to her neck and told her it would explode if she moved. He also left a note instructing her wealthy parents to pay a ransom.

The girl spent 10 terrifying hours before a bomb squad was able to remove the device and determined that the bomb was fake.

Court documents also say Peters once worked for a company that was linked to the Pulvers.

He was arrested August 15 at the home of his ex-wife in Kentucky.