Most Wanted Fugitive Captured in Loxley

Most Wanted Fugitive Captured in Loxley

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LOXLEY, Alabama -

Acting on a tip, "Two weeks ago we had information that he, the woman and child had stayed at one of the local motels in Loxley. We also received information last night that he had returned to the hotel," says police Lt. Doug Phillips.

Just before dawn, Loxley police moved in and Aaron Massey was taken into custody.

"The suspect was well surprised," says Phillips.

It was his victim that was surprised in 2006 when authorities in Indiana say Massey held her hostage for five days off a rural road in Hamilton county, Indiana, raped and brutalized her all while being armed and threatening to blow the place up. He has been on the run since escaping from a work release center last May.

"It is believed that the female left initially willingly with the suspect and the relationship, over time for the past few months, has deteriorated to the point to where she was held against their will," says Phillips.

Authorities say Massey passed himself off as an Iraq war veteran down on his luck to get money and traveled extensively during his year on the run. There's information he traveled to Texas, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama. So why Loxley? "You have a major interstate corridor in this area that people travel. It's the fastest way to travel from state to state. It's easy to stop I assume criminals feel they can hide well in small places."

The FBI has taken over the case. After initially interviewing the victim at the hotel, they have since moved her and the child to an undisclosed location.

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