WARRENSBURG - FBI agents have captured a man on the run with local ties who they allege may have kidnapped and sexually 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.
Saturday, FBI special agents apprehended Arnold C. Fox, 30 - who in 2008 worked in Stony Creek - in a gas station in Miami, Fla. off South Dixie Highway.
Fox had been driving the woman's stolen green 2003 Jeep Liberty, bearing switched license plates, according to the FBI agents.
Authorities said they believe Fox, through the Internet website whinny.org, had offered employment to the victim as a barn manager on a horse farm in Saratoga that did not exist.
Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould said this week 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 Dec. 3 to help him buy some horses. The two did meet and did visit several horse farms in Pennsylvania over that weekend, Gould said.
Fox apparently also persuaded the young woman to pay for their expenses, as he purported he had recently lost his checkbook and credit cards, an FBI agent Frederick Bragg said in a complaint filed in U.S. court. These expenses included lodging, meals and gas, according to the complaint.
In addition, Fox asked for $372 in cash, claiming he needed to give it to an aunt that might be losing her house, and the woman gave it to him, Bragg stated.
The woman contacted her family at about 11 a.m. Saturday Dec. 5 stating she was two hours from home and was dropping Fox off in Warrensburg, authorities said.