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Social media helps track Blanco County sex assault suspect to San Antonio


SAN ANTONIO — Authorities arrested a Blanco County kidnapping and sexual assault suspect Aug. 18 using social media to coax him to surrender in Bexar County, officials say.

Timothy Wade Foth, 37, faces a string of charges after a woman reported two days earlier that he had restrained and attacked her, according to a Blanco County Sheriff’s Office statement.

“I couldn’t reach him on the phone, so I sent him messages via social media and then made a phone call using that app,” BSCO Capt. Ben Ablon said regarding the suspect’s eventual arrest. “I talked to him and convinced him to let me come pick him up.”

The woman, in her 30s, told investigators Foth drove her to his residence in the 600 block of Forest View Drive on Aug. 16, threatened her with a weapon, sexually assaulted her, stole items from her and fled the scene.

“We obtained a search warrant for his residence and found items that support the victim’s allegation,” Ablon said. “Some of her personal belongings were at the location.”

The accuser, who was an acquaintance of the suspect, was treated and released for injuries from a hospital.

Foth was taken to the Blanco County Jail, where he was booked on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery.

His bonds total $100,000.

Blanco County authorities were assisted by the Blanco Police Department, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.