AUBURN — A father and son suspected in the armed robbery of an Auburn woman in her home last month have been taken into custody by police in two different states.

John Michaud, 49, of Lewiston was arrested Tuesday in Illinois and his son, John Michaud Jr., 19, also of Lewiston, was arrested earlier this month in Florida, Auburn police say.

The men entered the home of a woman on Park Avenue, tied her up at gunpoint and stole her SUV to escape, according to police.

The victim’s Ford Explorer was recovered Oct. 15 on Torrey Road in New Gloucester, where it had been set ablaze.

Detectives learned that the suspects fled the state together shortly after the incidents. They developed enough evidence and probable cause to charge both with felonies – robbery, burglary, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, theft and theft-unauthorized use of property – as well as obstructing the report of a crime, a misdemeanor.

The father was arrested Tuesday in Eureka, Illinois, by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, which charged him with being a fugitive from justice. He is being held in the Woodford County Jail in Eureka awaiting extradition to Maine.

His son was arrested Nov. 5 by the Jacksonville County Sheriff’s Department in Jacksonville, Florida, and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a firearm with an altered or removed serial number and loitering. He is being held in the Jacksonville County Jail awaiting trial on the Florida charges and eventual extradition to Maine to face the Auburn charges.

“This is a prime of example of how collaboration among local and federal partners shows that these offenders will be pursued and brought to justice,” Auburn Deputy Chief Jason Moen said.

“I expect that more arrests will be made in this case as well as additional charges brought against both Michauds once they are returned to Maine,” he added.

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