Alleged New York cannibal conspirator arrested
Police on Friday arrested a man accused of entering a kidnapping conspiracy with a New York City police officer who had allegedly also plotted to cook and eat women.
Michael Vanhise, 23, was arrested at his home in New Jersey and taken before a Manhattan federal judge to face the kidnapping charges, law enforcement officials said.
According to prosecutors, Vanhise agreed by email in February 2012 to pay the officer $5,000 to kidnap and deliver him a woman, whom Vanhise would then rape.
Vanhise also allegedly emailed photographs to unnamed other co-conspirators of a young girl whom he knew and said he was interested in kidnapping.
The officer, Gilberto Valle, allegedly agreed to the kidnap, writing that the woman would be sedated and "stuffed into a large piece of luggage and wheeled out to my van."
Valle, who was aiming for promotion to sergeant, also had plans to kidnap women so that he could roast them at home and eat them, prosecutors say. The 28-year-old has been charged with kidnapping conspiracy and illegally accessing the police database.
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara indicated there would be further arrests.
"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," Bharara said.
"His arrest today is the second in this bone-chilling case, but we are not finished," the prosecutor said in a statement.
Valle pleaded not guilty and goes on trial January 22. No women were harmed despite the allegedly detailed plans. Valle's lawyer says the cannibal talk was simply an online sexual fantasy.