A Coram man attempted to kidnap two female sex workers who escaped by jumping out of a moving vehicle last year, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Andrew Frey, 54, sobbed repeatedly during his arraignment Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, where he was held without bail on two counts each of attempted sex trafficking and attempted kidnapping. If convicted he faces a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.
U.S. Magistrate Anne Shields said Frey presents a danger to the community and has a history of "violent behavior against sex workers," considered among the most vulnerable potential victims.
A married father of two who manages an aircrafts components factory in Melville, Frey solicited the two women, who were not identified by prosecutors, by soliciting and patronizing them for sex, prosecutors said in court records.
Frey arranged separate meetings with the women and attempted to take them to a secluded location by force, records show.
The women each managed to jump from Frey's moving vehicle in October 2018, suffering injuries in the process, prosecutors said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica Castro said Friday that the allegations against Frey were "incredibly disturbing" and that the defendant has a "propensity for targeting potentially vulnerable victims."
Frey's attorney, Tracey Gaffey of the Long Island Federal Defenders office, deferred comment on the case until Frey's next court date on Nov. 22.
Authorities recovered a firearm, ammunition, rope, zip ties and manuals on knot tying from Frey's home, Castro said in court Friday. Handcuffs were also found in Frey's vehicle that he planned to use during the kidnapping, she said.
"The allegations in this case make clear that the defendant poses a significant risk to the community," prosecutors wrote in a detention memo urging Shields to withhold bail. "Each of the four counts of the indictment charge the defendant with attempted violence towards female sex workers. The nature of his conduct towards Jane Does #1 and #2 was sufficiently violent that both deemed it a safer option to throw themselves from a moving vehicle in order to escape the defendant."
Frey's wife, Gina, attended the arraignment but declined to comment on the charges, asking for privacy for her family.
Messages left with Frey's employer, Sage Parts on Hub Drive in Melville, were not returned.
Frey continued to contact the women even after they escaped his vehicle, on one occasion using a weapon to take the first victim by force, records show. The woman, prosecutors said, again evaded his kidnapping attempt.
Prosecutors said Frey had previous violent encounters with sex workers, one of whom received an order of protection against him after he deliberately rammed his vehicle into her car. She later reported that Frey violated that order of protection by leaving her threatening voicemail messages, according to the detention memo.
Frey has previous convictions for criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intention to sell. Frey had three outstanding bench warrants at the time of his arrest, authorities said.
Authorities said it was likely Frey victimized other women who had not reported their experiences to law enforcement. They urged anyone with information about the case, or who may have been a victim of Frey, to call 800-CALL-FBI.