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NJ man arrested in NY police cannibalism case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 8:28 a.m. HST, Jan 4, 2013

NEW YORK » A New Jersey man is charged with conspiring last year with a New York City police officer to try to kidnap, rape and kill an unidentified woman in Manhattan.

Michael Vanhise was charged in federal court papers unsealed today in Manhattan. He was arrested in Trenton.

The FBI said Vanhise agreed to pay $5,000 to Officer Gilberto Valle for the abduction. The FBI said Vanhise also admitted emailing others about kidnapping, raping and killing women and children.

Valle was charged last year with targeting victims through a law-enforcement database. He allegedly wanted to kidnap, rape, kill and eat women. The officer's lawyer says he was engaging in sexual fantasies and intended no violence.

Vanhise's lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.

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