One of Hamilton County’s “most wanted” is back behind bars after almost a year on the run. Aaron Massey, wanted for failure to return to lawful detention, was arrested last week in southern Alabama and faces extradition to Indiana.
Hamilton County Sheriff Deputy Bryant Orem said it is not yet known how Massey, who has listed several Hamilton County addresses in the past, was apprehended in Alabama.
In August 2006, Massey was charged with rape, criminal deviate conduct, criminal confinement while armed, sexual battery, and burglary. He was accused of holding a Hamilton County woman hostage just five days after being reported as a suspect in a sexual abuse case. Massey had been waiting in the victim’s home and when she attempted to call 911, he took the phone from her and told the dispatcher the victim was not free to leave. He also warned he was armed and that he had set explosives around the residence. With the assistance of the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, Massey was taken into custody after being coerced from the home.
Massey was found guilty and sentenced to serve time in the Indiana Dept. of Corrections. Upon his release from prison, Massey was ordered to serve additional time on probation with the Hamilton County Community Correction work release program. On May 21, 2012, Sheriff’s deputies learned that Massey had failed to return to the community corrections facility after his work day ended. A warrant for failure to return to lawful detention was then issued for his arrest.
As of press time, Massey was being held in Alabama before being transferred back to Hamilton County.