Deputies catch suspect in Union County manhunt

Deputies catch suspect in Union County manhunt

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by NewsChannel 36 staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 6 at 6:44 PM

UNION COUNTY, N.C. – Union County deputies have caught an armed suspect who was hiding out in a campsite near Waxhaw.

Investigators started searching Cane Creek Park, on Cane Creek Road after a man reportedly attacked sexually assaulted two young girls in the camp around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey says that's when 42 year old Scott Lavoie left his camp site, walked to another site, got inside a tent with one girl, and then got inside a second tent with another girl.

Authorities say he then went to his truck, grabbed a gun and disappeared into the woods.

Deputies evacuated the 1,200 acre park and started the massive search for the former army ranger.

Raymond and Vicki Baer said they were asleep when they got word they had to leave immediately.  "All of a sudden there was a bang on the door and we woke up very abruptly," Vicki said.  "They told us to evacuate the campgrounds so we jumped in clothes, got in the truck and left.""We broke up in teams and started walking the  trails, searching the trails with SRT Teams and located him hiding in the woods" said Sheriff Eddie Cathey.  They found Lavoie hiding in the woods and say he surrendered.

Authorities say Lavoie is cooperating with the investigation.

He's being charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of assault on an adult.
 

 

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