ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBN) – The U.S. Marshals are seeking the public’s help in locating accused rapist Michael Hawkins, who is charged with sexually assaulting a woman in her Schenectady, New York, apartment and could be in Pennsylvania, according to a U.S. Marshals’ press release.
Authorities believe Hawkins, 29, may have fled the area after his crimes. He has personal ties in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Oregon, California and Florida, but his whereabouts are currently unknown, the release stated.
“Predators like Michael Hawkins who prey on helpless victims must be brought to justice,” U.S. Marshal David McNulty of the Northern District of New York said. “We, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, are determined to make sure he’s held accountable, but we need the public’s help.”
Police charged Hawkins with raping the victim in her apartment on June 10, 2012 after her family members went to bed. The victim reported the crime the next day, and a warrant was issued for Hawkins’ arrest, according to the release. He was formally charged with aggravated sex abuse in the first-degree and other crimes.
On Nov. 8, 2013, Hawkins allegedly sexually assaulted the wife of a friend, who had invited Hawkins to his Rotterdam, New York, home for a family gathering. In that case, he was charged with first-degree rape, the release stated.
The release went on to give personal information about Hawkins:
Nicknamed “Zombie Mike” by his friends for his poor hygiene, Hawkins is described as someone who can hide anywhere to include wooded areas and survive off scraps. Due to his past employment with traveling carnival companies based in New Jersey and North Carolina, he could be working and traveling with similar companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and states along the East Coast.