A drug deal between a Helena man and a Missoula resident known among buyers as “Foxy” went bad Monday morning, resulting in felony charges of robbery and kidnapping.

Daniel James Fox, of Missoula, remained in the Missoula County Detention Center on Wednesday, “still recovering from whatever chemicals he was on,” according to his attorney.

His expected appearance in Missoula County Justice Court has been delayed.

According to the affidavit, a Helena man drove to Missoula with friends in his mother’s 2009 Toyota Prius to purchase marijuana from a man he knew as “Foxy.”

The man told detectives he’d purchased drugs from Foxy on three previous occasions.

On Monday at about 2 a.m., the victim arrived in Missoula and met Foxy at a residence on Waverly Street, where Foxy and several others were smoking methemphetamine and “being crazy.”

It was then Foxy ordered the man to get into the Prius after telling his friends to get out. Foxy placed the man in the front seat and allegedly put a gun to his head before robbing him of $200 and an iPhone.

Foxy ordered the man out of the car before driving away in the vehicle. The man and his friends called 9-1-1 and police later located the abandoned Prius on the 700 block of South Sixth Street West.

Foxy was later identified in a photo lineup as Daniel Fox. At about 11 a.m., a Missoula police officer spotted Fox in Sacajawea Park.

The officer attempted to stop Fox but the suspect fled on foot, beginning a pursuit that ended when a citizen pulled a pickup truck in front of the fleeing Fox.

Had he not lost his pistol, Fox said in a jail interview, he would have shot and killed the officer.

A new appearance date in Justice Court has not yet been set.

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Reporter Martin Kidston can be reached at 523-5260, or at martin.kidston@missoulian.com.

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