Paul Jackson, fugitive found. Jackson, an Oregon man on the run for two decades, was arrested in Mexico after being profiled on a fugitive investigation and documentary series. Jackson was indicted by a grand jury on rape and kidnapping charges in June of 1990, but fled along with his brother. He was nabbed south of the border, working at an electronics store under a fake name.
Writes CNN on Sept. 29: “Paul Jackson was recently featured on CNN’s ‘The Hunt With John Walsh.’ He was arrested Monday in Guadalajara, where he had reportedly adopted the name Paul Bennett Hamilton, the U.S. Marshals Service said.”
Jackson, 45, was accused of kidnapping, torturing and raping two young women in Portland, Oregon. According to authorities, Jackson and his older brother, Vance Roberts, picked up local prostitutes and other women, bound them, drove them to a home owned by Roberts in Hillsboro and held them captive while they raped and tortured the women.
According to The Oregonian, after the brothers were arrested, their mother posted bail and the men vanished. In 2006, Roberts came forward and turned himself in, denying all charges and claiming no knowledge of his brother’s whereabouts. A year later, Roberts was convicted and is currently serving a 108-year prison term for his role in the crimes.
Although authorities believe the men may have kidnapped nearly a dozen women, the two known victims – Michaelle Dierich, kidnapped in 1988 at the age of 20, and Andrea Hood, kidnapped in 1990 at the age of 17 – spoke openly about their abductors.
“I’ve got to face that guy,” Dierich told Oregon Live. “He’s got to go to trial. He’s got to be locked up.”
Adds the Oregonian: “Hood threw herself through a window in 1990, escaping Roberts’ house after 36 hours of repeated sexual assaults…police served a search warrant at the home. Inside, they found Polaroids of women in bondage, women’s underwear, rope, sex toys and chains. A soundproofing project was underway in the bedroom closet.”
“The house was like a house of horrors, it was like a dungeon,” victim Andrea Hood said in a 1990 interview. “They kept me chained to the bed, my hands handcuffed to each corner, they had guns laying around.”
Hood, who admitted to being a prostitute, recounted her abduction, according to the Washington Post: “I typically would wake up and go out to work the streets to get enough money to buy drugs to last me, I would try to get enough money that it would last all day,” she said. “It was pretty early in the morning, like 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. A little pickup truck pulled over. Before I knew what was even happening, I was in the back of the truck chained to the bed of the truck and with a pillow case on my head and duct tape on my mouth.”
John Walsh tweeted about Paul Jackson’s arrest:
Another fugitive taken down thanks to a tip from viewers of The Hunt. Paul Jackson arrested in Mexico. #JoinTheHunt pic.twitter.com/n1VPkYC07I — John Walsh (@john_walsh) September 29, 2015
Police said Jackson had been living in Mexico for several years. He had initially denied his identity, but fingerprinting confirmed that officials had their fugitive. The U.S. Marshals Task Force traced Jackson to Guadalajara – using tips called in after the airing of “The Hunt” – where he was taken into custody by Mexican immigration officials. Paul Jackson will be deported back to the states to stand trial.