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January 22, 2002

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A man who escaped from custody last evening (Monday evening) has been recaptured, thanks to an alert citizen. Charged with Resisting, Escape, Criminal Mischief, Burglary, Grand Theft, and Fraudulent use of Stolen Credit Cards is Michael Paul Dupaquier, age 33 (9-4-68), of Metairie, Louisiana. Other charges are pending.

A citizen, shopping at Albertson's, 610 N. Eglin Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, recognized Dupaquier at 11:00 this morning (Tuesday morning) as the same man he had seen at the Sandman Motel on Okaloosa Island the previous evening. At that motel, Dupaquier had checked in under an assumed name, and later displayed an FBI badge to employees, who reported him to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office as a suspicious person. The FBI badge had been stolen in Georgia. Also among Dupaquier's effects was a Deputy Sheriff uniform believed stolen from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

Dupaquier's companion, Sheri Lynn Espinosa, age 32 (1-11-71), was arrested at the motel on charges of possession of Cocaine, Possession of less than 20 grams of Marijuana, and Resisting. Dupaquier managed to escape after the had been handcuffed, and eluded capture last night. This morning, Deputies again searched Okaloosa Island after reports that Dupaquier had been seen, and had broken into a home to gain access to tools to free himself from the handcuffs. When taken into custody later in the morning, Dupaquier was still wearing the handcuff bracelets, minus the connecting chain.

Investigators believe Dupaquier had been in the northwest Florida area for several weeks, living off credit cards stolen from individuals as they exercised at health clubs.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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