Authorities in the US say they have arrested a man who allegedly strapped a fake bomb around the neck of a teenage girl at her home in Sydney, Australia, earlier this month as part of an extortion attempt.
Australian national Paul “Doug” Peters was detained in Kentucky and now faces extradition back to Australia.
The arrest follows an incident on August 3 when a man wearing a balaclava broke into the suburban Sydney home of Bill Pulver, the wealthy chief executive of a computer software company.
The only person at home was Pulver’s 18-year-old daughter, Madeleine. The man strapped a device to her neck which he claimed was a bomb he could detonate by remote control. He left behind a ransom note.
He also reportedly told the girl the device had a microphone in it that allowed him to monitor her conversations.
The girl summoned help anyway and, after a 10-hour ordeal, officers were able to remove the device, which turned out to be harmless.
The FBI said Peters was arrested at the home of his former wife near Louisville, Kentucky.