A nightmare date who was accused by an Atlanta woman of brutally beating her — telling her the outing “cost too much” — has been collared in upstate New York, according to reports.
He was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and aggravated assault, according to the outlet.
“They got him!! I am FLOODED with emotions, I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for using your voice and platforms to find Ben,” Brittany Correri wrote on Instagram. “We found him because somebody recognized him from social media!!”
Describing herself as “overwhelmed,” Correri expressed her gratitude for the support she’s received. “I may not respond to every message and comment however I read each one as I am recovering,” she wrote.
“Please continue to share my story in hope of saving other potential victims and bringing awareness to online dating and the reforms that need to take place on all dating apps including @hinge to protect its users against predators with a criminal record of assaulting women!” Correri added.
Another woman, who tipped authorities to Fancher, told WSB-TV that he told her he had moved to Kent, NY, from Georgia. Fortunately, she came across Correri’s chilling social media post before going out with him herself, she said.
“It came up on my timeline kind of thing,” the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told the station. “The second they put his picture up, I was like, ‘Oh my God. I know him.’”
The woman said she remembered that Fancher told her he recently moved in with his grandparents. She then found their address, WSB-TV reported.
“So I drove by and I saw his car in the driveway. So I went straight to the police department,” she said. “The first thing that struck me was how easily I could have been Brittany.”
Correri recounted her horrific attack to 11Alive.
“He started beating me in my head, punching me everywhere — my forehead, my temples, my cheeks, jaws, throat, arms, my back. He was just telling me that the date cost too much, that I’m not worth that,” she told the station.
Things escalated and he pulled a gun on her, she said.
“I just believe that he was dead set on killing me,” Correri told the outlet.
“He’s dragging me and beating me and there just happens to be a security guard there. She comes running and taking pictures and I think he gets spooked. It was literally like by the grace of God. I believe in God,” she added.
Correri also said Fancher called her the N-word and was livid when she danced with two black women at a bar, WSB-TV reported.
“He threatened to shoot me. That I picked the wrong white boy,” she said.
Correri’s attorney Michael Sterling said Fancher should also be hit with a hate crime charge.
“Race was at the top of his mind while he was committing this heinous act,” he said, according to WSB-TV.
In another Instagram post, Correri wrote: “I am going to take the next few days to [focus] on my physical, mental and spiritual health but I will be back and we will get justice and push for changes to be made on @hinge and [all] dating apps.”
The station reached out to the app, which posted on the woman’s social media that it is sorry for what happened and was taking action.
Fancher has waived an extradition hearing and is expected to be returned to Atlanta by Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported.