WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - A man charged in connection with the 2005 death of former Georgia teacher and beauty queen Tara Grinstead remains a wanted person facing charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women at his home.
Bo Dukes, 34, is wanted in a rape and kidnapping case out of Warner Robins, Georgia. The alleged incident happened around 5:45 p.m. on New Year's Day.
Channel 2's Tony Thomas traveled to Warner Robins and learned the women escaped out of a window and told the harrowing story.
A neighbor of Dukes, who didn't want to be identified, gave Thomas the surveillance video and told him the women ran to his house, saying Dukes had given them a ride but claimed he needed to stop by his house first.
The Warner Robins home where police say #taragrinstead suspect Bo Dukes sexually assaulted two women at gunpoint before going on the run. @wsbtv live updates this afternoon as the search continues . pic.twitter.com/2xhXNvxrh5— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) January 3, 2019
The subjects and the parties involved were known to each other. No one was home at Dukes' rental house Thursday.
Police said when the women escaped, Dukes ran. Warner Robins police charged Dukes with rape and false imprisonment.
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Thomas saw detectives in the neighborhood talking to potential witnesses. Local police and U.S. marshals are hunting for Dukes.
"This is a very large search that I would say stretches at least across the state of Georgia. Is there any feeling he is still in this area? I don't know that right now. We aren't taking anything to chance right now," said Jennifer Parson, with the Warner Robins Police Department.
Dukes was already supposed to report to federal prison on previous, unrelated charges.
On Thursday, a federal judge rescinded Dukes' voluntary surrender order and labeled him a fugitive.
The "be on the lookout" alert released for Dukes stated he has threatened suicide. He is known to drink heavily and has a history of cocaine use, according to the Warner Robins Police Department.
He was last seen leaving the home on the 300 block of Charlestown Way in a white, 2013 Kia Sorrento with Georgia tag number PFP1116. He was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.
"We want to get him in custody," Parson said.
Dukes involvement in Tara Grinstaed case
Dukes is accused of helping his high school buddy, Ryan Duke, dump and burn Grinstead's body in 2005. The two were charged in 2017, nearly 13 years after the crime.
In June, a grand jury indicted Dukes on charges of concealing a death, tampering with evidence and hindering the apprehension of a criminal in Grinstead's death.
In recently released recordings, Ryan Duke, who is charged with the murder of Grinstead, claims Dukes is actually the one responsible.
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