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Sheriff: Victim in 'harrowing' kidnapping, assault case was promised modeling job

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Fred Urey (Source: PCSO) Fred Urey (Source: PCSO)
Residence where deputies said a woman was held against her will before escaping through a window. (FOX Carolina/ 5/24/17) Residence where deputies said a woman was held against her will before escaping through a window. (FOX Carolina/ 5/24/17)
LIBERTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Pickens County sheriff said an arrest has been made after a Canadian woman was lured to the county, held hostage for several days and sexually assaulted.

During a 3 p.m. press conference, Sheriff Rick Clark said Fred Russell Urey Sr. is charged with kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Urey is accused of luring a woman between the ages of 18 to 25 from Alberta, Canada to Pickens County by using social media to pretend to be a professional photographer. Clark said Urey told the victim he would pay her $15,000 for a modeling job.

At no time did the victim promise nudity or anything of a sexual nature, Clark said.

According to Clark, Urey paid for the victim's plane ticket to the U.S. and picked her up from the airport in Atlanta. During the first few days of her arrival, Clark said Urey drove the victim to various locations and claimed to be scouting out spots for photo shoots.

On the third day, the sheriff said Urey took the victim to his home and used physical force to coerce her into various sex acts including bondage. Clark said investigators uncovered evidence the victim had been physically tied with restraints. He said Urey threatened the victim's life and her family in Canada.

While the victim was being held against her will, Clark said she was allowed to make calls home under "close scrutiny." According to the sheriff, the calls were often made while on the move in the suspect's truck and the victim was able to mouth "coded messages of distress to her family." The victim's family in Canada contacted authorities after seeing her visibly distressed and law enforcement traced the victim's cell phone to Urey's home.

On Wednesday around 10:30 p.m., Clark said deputies surrounded Urey's mobile home on Cedar Court. Clark said although the suspect refused commands to exit the residence, the victim dove through a glass window to escape, falling into the front yard.

The victim was secured, transported to the hospital for medical evaluation and later released to an undisclosed safe location. Her family is coming to get her, Clark said.

When deputies entered the home, Clark said they found Urey with a knife to his throat. Deputies were able to convince him to drop the knife and he was taken into custody, the sheriff said.

Clark said a quantity of meth was found inside the home.

The case remains under investigation and Clark said Upstate as well as Canadian officials are looking into whether there could be additional suspects or victims.

He urged the community to "do your homework" before making online transactions.

"It comes down to one thing: If it's too good to be true, it probably is," the sheriff said. "If you have internet, it can happen to you."

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