Hamilton police are renewing efforts to track down a man wanted on decades-old sex assault charges – but he has so far evaded capture by changing his identity.
Charles Peter Billone, 53, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference. He was arrested back in 1991, but failed to appear in court after being released on a recognizance.
“And now Charles Billone no longer exists,” said Det. Paul Henderson of Hamilton police’s fugitive apprehension unit. “We can’t find him through any traditional means.”
Henderson says police are stepping up efforts to find Billone decades after he vanished to “create some buzz” in the community so people don’t forget about the case. “We know he’s still out there somewhere,” he said.
Police believe Billone is living somewhere else in Canada, and has family ties to both Manitoba and New Brunswick. “But we’re not sure how close he is with his family,” Henderson said. He also has family in Hamilton, but is estranged from them, he added.
Billone is described as white, about five foot seven inches tall, and 150 pounds with a skinny build.
When he was arrested, Billone had tattoos on both his arms, including a cross on his right arm.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hamilton police at 905-546-8911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.