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One of Hamilton County's most wanted behind bars

Aaron Massey
Aaron Massey
North Mobile Post

Imagine a colorful, fall, September day in 2012. Can you remember what you were doing? Probably not. But, for one woman and her child, there is one day last September they will never forget.

The woman, who was taken last fall, was able to reach out for help via social networking sites. She posted messages asking whoever else saw her messages for help, stating she and her young child were being held against their will. There is a belief she and Massey began in a relationship before it deteriorated to the point where she was unable to leave. Police responded to her pleas online, entering the hotel room where the woman and her child were being held and, got them out. Aaron Massey, 38, was surprised by police and taken into custody. Fortunately, the mother and her child, who had been missing since September 2012, were free and uninjured.

According to authorities, Massey played off as an Iraq war veteran in order to receive funds while on the run. It is believed he traveled to Texas, Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Massey is no stranger to the criminal justice system. Back in August of 2006, he was officially charged with rape, criminal deviate conduct, criminal confinement while armed, sexual battery, and burglary. Massey was accused of holding a Hamilton County woman hostage and only five days after he was reported as a suspect in another case, a sexual abuse case.

No one can fully fathom what any of these women went through. But, the woman from 2006 came home, completely unaware that Massey had been hiding in her home, waiting for her arrival. After the woman discovered Massey, she tried calling 911 when he took the phone from her so he could tell the dispatcher the woman was not free to leave. In addition, Massey informed the dispatcher that he was not only armed, but had surrounded the home with explosives. Before the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team took Massey into custody, he raped and brutalized his victim.

The courts found Massey guilty and sentenced him to serve time in the Indiana Department of Corrections. After his release, he was ordered to serve time on probation with the Hamilton County Community Correction Work Release Program. However, Massey did not appear in May 2012. As a result of his absence, a warrant for his arrest was put out for Failure to Return to Lawful Detention.

He made it all the way to Loxley, Alabama, nearly 1,000 miles away from where his warrant was issued.

Massey was one of Hamilton County’s most wanted fugitives.


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