Fugitive Does Business In Binghamton

By WBNG News

January 12, 2011 Updated Jan 12, 2011 at 2:37 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) An Ohio fugitive is arrested in Oregon on multiple charges of rape and kidnapping. As it turns out, this man did business in Binghamton and he may have some unfinished business to take care of in the area.

Action News talked exclusively with one of his former employees.

Robert Michael Gebhardt, 38, is from Parma, Ohio.

Some people in Binghamton say they know him as someone else.

"I knew initially by the picture, because it looked exactly like Mark Thompson. Like the guy I had interacted with for 6 months," says Amie Almy-Ross, of Binghamton.

Almy-Ross worked as Sales Manager for Neighborhood Shopper from April to October 2010.

Gerhardt, or as she know him, "Mark Thompson," was her boss.

According to Amy-Ross, he and a woman, Jill Pesci, owned the business and 2 Rivers Printing at 81 Clinton Street.

Pesci is listed as a member of the Greater Binghamton Chamber.

Almy-Ross left Neighborhood Shopper in October after she says she did not receive multiple paychecks and bonuses.

"Toward the end of my employment there, I saw another side of him, almost bi-polar. One moment he would be great, the business would be wonderful and he'd be happy. Then the next he'd be threatening to close the doors," she says.

Almy-Ross says she last saw him at the offices the week before Thanksgiving. Then last week, she found out he had been arrested.

"I was shocked, absolutely shocked. I felt so taken advantage of, lied to, in disbelief. Then I tried to look back at our conversations, piece things together."

Oregon State Police say Gebhardt was arrested after being stopped for speeding in Lakeview, Oregon last week.

There was also a 45-year-old woman in the car with him.

Police say that woman was listed as a missing person in Ohio.

Gerhardt is charged in Ohio with 25 counts of rape and 24 Counts of Kidnapping.

He's being held in Lake County Jail in Oregon on $1,000,000 dollars bail.

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