Woman headed for Warrensburg discovered bound in duct tape

WARRENSBURG - Various law enforcement agencies are searching for a man with local ties who they allege may have kidnapped and assaulted a 21-year-old woman from Fort Ann, then bound her with duct tape and left her in a western New York motel room and fled in her car.

Authorities were searching for Arnold C. Fox, 30, who in 2008 worked in Stony Creek.

They say Fox may be driving the woman's stolen green 2003 Jeep Liberty, bearing Massachusetts s license plate 522DF8.

Authorities said they believe Fox had offered employment to the victim over the Internet on a horse farm in Saratoga that did not exist.

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould said Tuesday that Fox, posing as "Mike Fox," told the victim she had been hired to work on his farm purported to be "Fox Farms" in Saratoga Springs, and convinced the woman to meet him in the Poconos area to help him buy some horses. The two did meet and did visit several horse farms in Pennsylvania, Gould said.

The woman contacted her family at about 11 a.m. Saturday, stating she was two hours from home and was dropping Fox off in Warrensburg, authorities said.

However, the victim was not heard from again until she was found at the motel in Weedsport Monday morning bound in duct tape in a room at the Best Western Motel on Re. 31 in the Village of Weedsport and freed by a local police officer. Suffering from a head wound, she was transported to a local hospital, treated and released, authorities said.

Sheriff Gould said that in the meantime, she had been reported missing to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect Arnold Fox, thought to be a transient, has been known to live and work on farms in the Adirondack area as well as in South Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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