Michael Edward Farley. Photo from NZ Police
A New Zealand man accused of dragging a sex worker behind
a moving van in a "horrific" attack in Canada is believed to
have fled to North America after cutting off his electronic
monitoring bracelet while on home detention in Hawkes Bay.
Michael Edward Farley, 39, was arrested on Thursday in
Vancouver, where authorities say he was working as a handyman
and using the alias Robert Clarke.
Canadian media reported that Farley had been in the country
for two years before the attack on the sex worker earlier
It is not known how he managed to get into Canada.
The New Zealand Police website said Farley, who is wanted by
Palmerston North Police for breaching home detention and
attempting to pervert the course of justice, was "believed to
be in the Hawkes Bay" area.
Inspector Laurence Rankin, in Canada, said Farley had been
"picked up" earlier this month by Canadian Border Services
Agency for violating immigration laws, the Huffington Post
He was subsequently investigated as a suspect before being
being charged with the March 4 offence against the sex
"We knew we had a particularly horrific case of kidnapping
and we wanted to take every step possible to find the
attacker," Mr Rankin said.
Officers allege the 42-year-old victim was picked up against
her will, driven to a secluded area, tied up and beaten
during the incident, the Huffington Post said.
Several witnesses called 911 as they watched the woman being
dragged behind a white van down a city street.
Police believe the woman partially freed herself and, fearing
for her life, attempted to jump from the moving vehicle.
The woman, who has since been released from hospital,
suffered serious injuries, including to her head, but was
able to give a description of her attacker.
Farley is charged with eight offences, including aggravated
sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping.
He is yet to face court.