NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A former Stuyvesant High School librarian and a police official at a Massachusetts veterans hospital have been arrested on charges they plotted to rape and murder women.
The charges against Robert Christopher Asch, 61, and Richard Meltz, 65, are contained in court papers. The men are expected to make appearances Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported, a team of FBI agents spent long hours at the fifth-floor apartment at 33 Greenwich Ave. in the West Village, where Asch lived.
Asch, the retired librarian, and Meltz, a deputy chief with the Department of Veterans Affairs Police Department, were charged with kidnapping conspiracy.
“He seemed very, very nice,” said Isabell Coffey, a neighbor of Asch’s. “He was always polite and actually very sweet; shocked, you know?”
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Sources told 1010 WINS this case is connected to the so-called “cannibal cop” case of former NYPD officer Gilberto Valle, who was found guilty last month in a plot to kidnap, kill and eat women. Valle is currently awaiting sentencing.
A Valle co-defendant, Michael Van Hise, allegedly e-mailed both Asch and Meltz about kidnapping and killing his wife.
Asch and Meltz are charged with conspiring from at least the spring of 2011 until Monday to carry out the plot, according to the criminal complaint.