BANGOR, Maine — The Anson man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman at gunpoint in Pennsylvania earlier this month will undergo a psychiatric evaluation at a New Brunswick facility, an official with Edmundston Provincial Court said Monday.
Mike Beaulieu, 35, who was released last year from a four-year prison sentence for rape, made an appearance in Edmundston Provincial Court on Monday morning under police escort, according to Crown Prosecutor Pierre Roussel.
During the appearance, Beaulieu’s court-appointed attorney requested that a psychiatric evaluation be conducted. That request was granted, Roussel said.
Beaulieu will be transferred from Madawaska Regional Correctional Centre in Saint-Hilaire, New Brunswick, to Restigouche Hospital Center in Campbellton, New Brunswick, he said.
Beaulieu’s bail hearing was rescheduled for Sept. 8, Roussel said.
Beaulieu has been identified as the suspect in the Aug. 3 rape and kidnapping of a woman in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania State Police officials said last week.
Authorities allege that Beaulieu tied up the woman’s male companion with rope and duct tape, forced the woman into his pickup truck, left the area with her, then raped her and let her go.
Descriptions and information provided by the victims and other witnesses led police to conclude the suspect was from Maine.
Further investigation and assistance from law enforcement personnel from Maine, including the state police, led authorities to identify Beaulieu as a suspect. A nationwide alert asking police to be on the lookout for Beaulieu and his black GMC pickup went out on Aug. 9.
Beaulieu’s arrest by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came the next day.
A major break in the search came last Tuesday morning when Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud found Beaulieu’s truck near the Fort Kent Blockhouse, located at the confluence of the Fish and St. John rivers.
In the back of the pickup, Michaud found a set of license plates from New Hampshire that had been reported stolen.
Within hours, U.S. authorities contacted RCMP personnel assigned to the Atlantic Region’s Integrated Border Enforcement Team, or IBET, to tell them that the suspect was believed to have crossed into New Brunswick illegally by way of the St. John River.
They and other Canadian law enforcement personnel received a tip that a suspicious man was at a Baker Lake campground. Authorities searched that area and found Beaulieu, arresting him without incident.
At the time of his arrest, Beaulieu possessed a loaded .45-caliber pistol and a roll of duct tape.
As of Monday, it still wasn’t clear what arrangements might be in the works to extradite Beaulieu to Pennsylvania, where he faces several charges, including rape, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and carrying an unlicensed firearm in the attack.
He faces several customs and firearms charges in New Brunswick.