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March 23, 2004

Albany -- The man arrested for kidnapping and raping an Albany woman is being held in the Escambia County, Alabama, Jail. The Dougherty County District Attorney's office has filed extradition papers to have him brought back here.

59-year-old John Lee Bailey was arrested in Alabama. He is charged with kidnapping a 22-year-old East Albany woman at gunpoint Sunday night and tying up her children. Investigators say Bailey raped the woman several times before leaving her in a Panama City motel.

Now the question is whether he will face federal or state charges first. Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges said "We are talking to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI right now, about whether they are going to prefer federal charges. We have taken one warrant here for kidnapping, and we are going to go ahead and file the other two charges of rape."

Bailey flagged down a Escambia County deputy sheriff yesterday afternoon and told him he was a fugitive.

Bailey told the deputy he was scared because of the lookout posted for him across the Southeast.

He parked his red truck and was walking on the side of Highway 41 when he flagged down the deputy.

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