Edward Moses came to Central New York to start a new life, but his old one caught up with him Monday thanks to a contractor’s suspicions.
Fulton Police say Moses and his girlfriend were sitting in a car at Empower Federal Credit Union on S. Second St. in Fulton Monday morning. A contractor working on the building thought that was suspicious. The bank was closed for the Columbus Day holiday.
The contractor called 911. Moments later, Inv. Aimee May and Sgt. Ralph McCann pulled up to the car.
“He claimed he and his girlfriend were at the bank to deposit some money,” McCann said. There were no burglars’ tools or weapons in the car, and McCann believes that Moses probably did come to make a deposit.
Instead, McCann and May took Moses in custody.
A quick check of Moses’ record revealed that he was wanted in Darlington County, South Carolina for attempted murder and kidnapping. He’s on the top of the Sheriff’s Department’s list of most wanted felons.
According to reports, Moses is accused of chasing his girlfriend around their house with a handgun, and of squirting lighter fluid on her while pointing a gun at her. The reports indicate he tried to set her on fire.
He fled before police arrived and had not been seen until Monday.
At first, McCann said, Moses claimed to be someone else. But his tattoos matched the description from Darlington County, and his Social Security number provided final confirmation.
Then, said McCann, “He denied ever being in South Carolina. He denied ever having any kind of guns, any kind of weapons and said it was all a big mistake.”
McCann said the woman with Moses when he was arrested Monday was the same woman he was accused of trying to murder. McCann said that after Moses’ identity was confirmed, she left. The couple live in Cato.
She was not in court at about 5:30 p.m. when Moses was arraigned before City Court Judge Jerome Mirabito. Moses tried to repeat his claim about the original charge, but Mirabito told him that he’d have to argue the case when he gets back to South Carolina.
Mirabito ordered Moses held without bail at the Oswego County Correctional Facility until police from South Carolina arrive to take him back.
As he left court, Moses tried again: “My woman and I are still together. It’s all a big mistake.”