Updated 12/09/2009 10:18 AM
Woman found bound with duct tape at motel
She was lured from her home by a job offer and found days later, tied up in a Cayuga County motel room. Sheriff's deputies say the 21-year-old woman from Washington County was injured and is now recovering. As our Kat De Maria tells us, deputies are looking for the woman's Jeep and 30-year-old Arnold Fox.
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WEEDSPORT, N.Y. -- A 21-year-old Fort Ann woman thought she was taking a job at "Fox Farms" in Saratoga Springs when she met Arnold Fox, 30, online and then in person late last week.
"Met this subject in the Pocono area of Pennsylvania, under the guise she was going to be working for him and assisting him purchasing horses," said Cayuga County Sheriff's Lieutenant Joe Weeks.
Sheriff's deputies say, at some point, Fox and the woman arrived at the Best Western in Weedsport. They said Fox made a reservation and staff didn't even know there was anyone with him until a cleaning crew found the woman in the room Monday.
"Cleaning crew went down to open up the room to clean it, thinking they were gone, opened up the room and he was actually still there at that point. They shut the door, backed out, went back to the office, came back half hour or so later, to open the room again, hoping he would be gone. And at that time, he was gone and they discovered her," Weeks said.
Deputies said the woman was bound with duct tape and had a head injury. They said she's recovering now with family. But Fox and the woman's Jeep are missing. Deputies said they're hoping someone saw them.
"We have to realize if he was at the motel, and we think he was there more than 12, 24 hours, the people in Cayuga County may have seen this subject, too, and her, but possibly at least him in the Weedsport, Port Byron, Auburn area," said Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould.
Deputies said they're working to figure out what Fox and the woman did and where they went, between the Poconos and Weedsport and where Fox might be now.
Deputies said Fox uses aliases, like Mike Fox and others. They said he has a criminal record, but no permanent address, vehicle or, as far as they know, a farm.
"It would appear at this time this was all a ruse to meet a girl," Weeks said.
Deputies said they've learned Fox used the farm story on at least two other women. Those women did not agree to meet him. But deputies said they don't know who else Fox might have contacted.
"Obviously, the sooner we catch up with him, the better," Weeks said.
The Jeep authorities are looking for is a 2003 green Liberty, with Massachusetts license plates 522DF8.
Cayuga County sheriff's deputies are asking anyone with any information about the Jeep, Arnold Fox or Fox Farms to call them at (315) 253-1610.