Long Island church-going dad arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap two sex workers

David Caplan
November 15, 2019 - 5:37 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- A Long Island man with a history of violence toward sex workers twice attempted to kidnap women and take them to a secluded area, but that each escaped by jumping from his moving vehicle, federal officials said in announcing his arrest Friday. 

Andrew Frey, 54 -- a church-going married father of two adult children -- was taken into custody by the FBI and Suffolk County Police and arrested on charges of attempted kidnapping and attempted trafficking by force.

At his arraignment Friday afternoon, he pleaded not guilty. Frey was ordered detained; he did not have a bail package.

Assistant United States Attorney Monica Castro said that Frey told the FBI agents that he kept handcuffs in his vehicle which was concerning to the government because his vehicle was used in the two attempted kidnappings.

Federal prosecutors said they found rope, zip ties and knot-tying manuals at his home in Coram.

Frey tried to abduct one woman in October 2018, approached her again after she escaped, and targeted a second woman in July, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said another sex worker obtained a restraining order after Frey allegedly rammed her vehicle with his.

The New York Post reported that Frey's relatives said he is a born-again Christian and very involved in his church. 

Frey is a manager at an aircraft components factory called Sage Manufacturing, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

His next court appearance is November 22.