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Police still search for sex offender, con man

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

"I've been through enough hurt, enough pain," a man who called himself David Alexander told WGGB in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2009.

Alexander claimed he was traveling the country on a bicycle as a crusader against suicide with a message for young people to seek help if they've had suicidal thoughts. He tugged at people's emotions and their wallets claiming he was on this ride because his daughter killed herself after his wife died of cancer.

"Thought I was doing something very wonderful," Alexander said in the interview.

But police say everything he did on this ride across the country was a big, big lie.

The man calling himself David Alexander was actually Michael Rabitaille, 55, a convicted sex offender who raped a child in Massachusetts in 1987. Rabitaille spent more than 20 years in prison, moved to Mid-Michigan, and hasn't checked in with police in nearly five years.

"When I asked him about some of his story, I just started checking some of it, doing Google searches here and there and some things, I just couldn't find anything about him," Reverend Scott Arthur said.

One of his stops while on the run was in Alvarado, Texas, a small community 30 miles south of Ft. Worth. That's where he met Arthur. Arthur said he had doubts of the man he knew as David Alexander and the stories he told, but the so-called Alexander had a big stack of newspaper clippings that he used to try to validate it.

"Odd thing in that sense that he never came out and said I need money, I need clothing, he just said he wanted to put these flyers out and wanted to get the news media here to interview him," Arthur said.

He said Rabitaille didn't only dupe him, he lied to the media. Shortly after Arthur bought the so-called Alexander a $40  bus ticket out of town, Arthur learned of Rabitaille's real story.

"Yeah, he needs to be caught and needs to be put back in jail," Arthur said.

Michigan State Police Trooper Rick Jones told TV5 once they got on his trail, Rabitaille went as far as killing off the alias "David Alexander," even putting an obituary in the newspaper. Why he did this is something police don't even know.

But he is one of the top 10 sex offender absconders police are looking for in the state.

Crime Stoppers of Flint & Genesee County are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rabitaille. If you have any information, you can call 1-800-422-JAIL. 

To read the previous report on Michael Rabitaille, CLICK HERE.

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