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Man wanted for stalking, kidnapping and sexual assault in Irondale arrested by US Marshals

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Richard Earl Hayes, 45, is wanted in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault of a 42-year-old Irondale woman Tuesday afternoon. Richard Earl Hayes, 45, is wanted in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault of a 42-year-old Irondale woman Tuesday afternoon.

Update 6:20 p.m.

The man wanted in connection with a stalking, kidnapping and sexual assault investigation in Irondale has been arrested Wednesday night, ABC 33/40 reporter Haley Westbrook has learned.

US Marshals arrested 45-year-old Richard Earl Hayes one day after he allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 42-year-old woman he had stalked for 10 days prior to the incident.

We will continue to follow this developing story and provide updates as more information is made available.

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IRONDALE, Ala. -- A search is currently underway for a man who allegedly stalked an Irondale woman for 10 days before kidnapping and sexually assaulting her Tuesday, police announced at a news conference Wednesday.

Richard Earl Hayes, 45, is accused of harassing the 42-year-old victim for several days prior to kidnapping and sexually assaulting the woman, who said the incident happened after the suspect forced her to pull her vehicle over sometime after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

While police say there wasn't a pre-existing relationship between Hayes and the victim, they believe the incident wasn't a random act of violence.

"This isn't a random act," Detective Michael Mangina said during the news conference. "This lady was specifically targeted and we're trying to figure out why."

Authorities say Hayes may have a connection to the victim's boyfriend, who was also contacted by the suspect by phone in the days leading up to the sexual assault.

The victim told investigators Hayes was carrying a handgun during the attack and he may be driving one of four vehicles:  a black SUV, a gray Dodge Charger, an older brown car or a black pickup truck.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Hayes and/or the crime, you're asked to please contact the Irondale Police Department at 205-956-5990.

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