Search Warrants Reveal Grim Details in UVa Abduction

By: Rachel Ryan; Chris Stover Email
By: Rachel Ryan; Chris Stover Email

November 13, 2012

Grim details emerging from search warrants filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court detailing the attack and attempted abduction of a UVa student last Friday. Matthew Rene Beaulieu, a 26-year-old Lake Monticello resident, has been arrested and charged with abduction with intent to defile.

The victim, a 19-year-old UVa student told police she noticed a car following her home around midnight on Stadium Road. She told police a man wearing a ski mask jumped out of car and tried to handcuff her and pull her into the vehicle. She fought him and off and ran to call police with a description of the vehicle.

Police recognized the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe on Interstate 64 and pulled the car over on the 120 exit. According to police documents, Beaulieu told police he had attacked a woman and was glad that he had gotten caught. He went on to say he had been lonely after his girlfriend broke up with him and wanted company. According to police, Beaulieu admitted he was planning to sexually assault the victim.

Beaulieu is being held at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail without bond. He is facing one felony charge of abduction with intent to defile, which carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Beaulieu is scheduled to be back in court on January 3rd, 2013.

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