Second Man Arrested In Connection With ‘Cannibal Cop’ Case
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey man was arrested in connection with an NYPD cop who was charged in an alleged plot to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women, authorities said Friday.
Michael Vanhise, 23, of Trenton was arrested on conspiracy to commit kidnapping charges. He appeared in federal court Friday in Manhattan.
Prosecutors said Vanhise conspired with NYPD officer Gilberto Valle last year to kidnap a woman in New York and bring her back to his home in New Jersey where she would be raped and killed.
Vanhise agreed to pay Valle $5,000 for the abduction, prosecutors said.
According to court papers, the two said in email conversations that she would be knocked out, bound, gagged and then stuffed into a large suitcase to be delivered to Vanhise’s home.
“Just make sure she doesn’t die before I get her,” Vanhise said in one exchange, according to the criminal complaint.
The FBI said Vanhise also admitted emailing others about kidnapping, raping and killing other women and children, the complaint said. Prosecutors said he also participated in a plan to kidnap a young girl.
“Michael Vanhise engaged in conduct that reads like a script for a bad horror film, but fortunately, neither he nor his co-conspirators were able to act out the twisted conspiracies described in the complaint in real-life,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.
Valle, 28, was arrested in October on charges that he plotted to kidnap, kill and eat women while keeping a detailed database of dozens of potential victims, authorities said.
The alleged plot involved months of scheming with at least two co-conspirators online, the FBI said.
Investigators obtained detailed accounts of the plan, dating back to January, by searching Valle’s computer, authorities said. One document on Valle’s computer was titled “Abducting and Cooking (Victim 1): A Blueprint,” according to a criminal complaint.
“I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus — cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible,” Valle wrote in one exchange in July, the complaint said.
No women were actually harmed.
Valle is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
He is also charged with one count of intentionally and knowingly accessing a computer without authorization and exceeding his
authorized access for allegedly using police computers to locate potential victims, officials said.
Valle pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan in November. He was suspended from the police force after his arrest.
His lawyer says Valle was engaging in sexual fantasies and did not intend to hurt anyone.
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