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Police arrest ex-con in violent kidnappings, robberies

Police say Brian Fogarty sexually assaulted 1 woman, kidnapped another

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police arrested a 41-year-old man Tuesday evening who was the subject of a multi-county manhunt in connection with two armed robberies, kidnappings and a sexual assault over the last 72 hours.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Brian Fogarty, an ex-convict on supervised release and who police said was considered armed and dangerous, was captured about 7:15 p.m. during a traffic stop near the intersection of Main Street and 25th Street.

He was found hiding in the vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said. It is unclear if the car that Forgarty was found in belongs to him, or if it was stolen.

Police said a tip led them to the arrest.

Manhunt for 'armed, dangerous' man wanted in kidnappings, robberies

About two hours before Fogarty was found, JSO Director Tom Hackney said that Fogarty was spotted on the Westside near Commonwealth and Edgewood avenues, where he tried to get a cab about 3:30 p.m. He did not have money and the driver refused to take him, Hackney said.

"The desperate nature of what he's doing is extremely concerning," Hackney said.

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Hackney said Fogarty drove a stolen car from Clay County to the Jacksonville Beach area on Sunday, sexually assaulted a woman at knife-point in a small business, forced the victim into her car, drove her to her home, kidnapped the woman's husband and two infant children, and drove them to ATMs in Duval County to try to withdraw money from their accounts.

Fogarty, whose birthday was Sunday, abandoned the car in the Springfield area and fled on foot, Hackney said.

Hackney said about 7 p.m. Monday, Fogarty forced his way into a Westside home, threatened a woman with a knife and robbed her of jewelry and cash. According to the police report, he dragged the victim by the hair and tied her hands and feet with an extension cord, then put her into her red 2012 Toyota 4Runner and took off.

He also drove her to an ATM trying to get cash, Hackney said, before dropping her in area of County Road 217 in the Middleburg area, near where he used to live.

Police said the SUV Fogarty stole from the second victim was recovered Tuesday morning in the area of West Beaver Street and North Edgewood Avenue.

The Sheriff's Office said it coordinated with multiple agencies to find Fogarty. Hackney said the U.S. Marshals Service was called in to help in the manhunt.

"I need people to be scared. I need people to be aware of this guy. He is desperate. His acts are desperate," Hackney said.

Hackney said it's particularly alarming that his victims appear to have been chosen at random.

"He's a bad dude. He's got a bad history of violence, and it's showing today," Hackney said. "I wouldn't put anything past this guy. I wouldn't put anything action-wise beyond what he could be potentially able to do."

Fogarty got out of prison in May on a 2008 conviction for armed robbery in Marion County. He has a long criminal record dating back to the 1990s, with dozens of arrests in Bradford, Clay, Duval, Marion and Seminole counties.