ATLANTA — A man accused of brutally attacking a woman on a first date is now in custody thanks to the dogged determination of another woman who says she also met him on a dating app.
Ben Fancher was arrested in New York after allegedly attacking a woman here in Atlanta.
Brittany Correri told Channel 2′s Tom Jones that she feels so much better now that Fancher has been caught.
Correri said the man attacked her for an hour on their first date after they met on a dating app. Fancher is now behind bars in New York.
“We can sleep tonight,” Correri said. “He could have killed me. And he deserves to be behind bars.”
Another woman, who asked not to be identified, helped play a major role in getting Fancher in custody.
“The first thing that struck me was how easily I could have been Brittany,” the woman told Jones.
She lives in New York and said she met Fancher on a dating app recently but they never went out.
She said Fancher told her he had moved there from Georgia. Then she saw Correri’s social media post about meeting a man on a dating app and getting brutally attacked by him.
“It came up on my timeline kind of thing,” the woman said. “The second they put his picture up, I was like, ‘Oh my God. I know him.'"
She remembered Fancher told her he had a job there and recently moved in with his grandparents. She then found his grandparents' address.
“So I drove by and I saw his car in the driveway. So I went straight to the police department,” the woman said.
Fancher was arrested soon after.
“My gut instinct was right,” the woman said.
Correri called her a hero.
“I’m not a hero. I’m just doing a good deed in a sense,” the woman said.
Correri told Jones that she now wants to come face-to-face with Fancher.
“I want to speak to him directly. And I want reform to happen. I want changes to be made on dating apps,” Correri said.
Correri would like dating apps to do background checks to see if people who use their services have criminal records.
Police in New York told Jones that Fancher was scheduled to go before a judge for an arraignment Tuesday evening.
Once he is brought back to Georgia, he will face charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and false imprisonment.
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