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One suspect dead, another wanted in craigslist home invasion

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It seems that even the bad guys aren’t safe on craigslist anymore solidifying its wild west comparison.

In Littleton, Colorado, one suspect is dead and another is on the run after a home invasion gone wrong. A man had advertised something for sale on craigslist and two men showed up at his house and tied him up. They tired stealing the man’s cars but the man freed himself, retrieved his own gun and shot one of the suspects that was trying to steal his SUV. The other suspect got away in a gold 90’s Ford Mustang. The Mustang has been retrieved but the suspect is still at large.

The Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a Hispanic male in his forties. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

So far no charges have been filed against the homeowner.

UPDATE: According to a Facebook post by another local man this may not have been the first time the home invaders tried robbing someone in their gold Mustang.

UPDATE 2/4/2016: The man who was killed is reported to be 38-year-old David M. Martinez.

The second suspect has been identified as 54-year-old David Ernest Mascarenas and he has been arrested.

UPDATE 2/18/2016: No charges will be filed against the homeowner.

Update the scoreboard: There have been 101 craigslist killings

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The Washington Post has recently run an article entitled “Think twice before answering that ad: 101 murders have been linked to Craigslist”. That number is provided by the AIM Group who maintain a public list on the Craigslist Killings – Craigslist Safety blog. They also include the criminals who have been killed which I don’t, but more or less the number is correct.

The article also goes on to mention Aim Group’s SafeTrade initiative to turn police stations into safe zones for craigslist transactions. That should tell you volumes right there on how unsafe craigslist really is. If a major watchdog group and numerous police departments across the country are urging you to use police stations to do business on craigslist then it really isn’t all that safe.

As I’ve said since craigslist has such a low barrier to entry and the fact that it’s almost anonymous it allows a large criminal element to inhabit the site and craigslist isn’t about to do anything about it…

Neither Craigslist nor its publicist responded to multiple interview requests, and the company has not commented publicly on safety issues since a 2010 Congressional hearing.

And if they can help they won’t since that costs money. Craigslist may have been founded on Bay Area hippy principles, but today they are nothing but cold-hearted capitalists whose only concern is the bottom dollar.

Tulsa craigslist ad posted by someone claiming to be killer

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Someone in Tulsa, Oklahoma posted the above ad on craigslist recently claiming that they killed someone and are moving on to Oklahoma City to claim their next victim. I guess 2016 is starting out to be the year of web hoaxes.

Yes this is obviously some kind of hoax. Tulsa police claim that they’re investigating the ad but say that they currently don’t have any murder victims where the accused murderer has not been apprehended. Typically if this was posted by a serial killer who was wanting this kind of attention the body would have been found already.

More than likely this is someone with a criminal history who is trying to put the scare into people in the system who they feel have wronged them. The two people mentioned at the end of the ad are a Department of Corrections employee and a judge.

Let’s also not forget that craigslist is a breeding ground for these kind of hoaxes. Every once in a while someone will post an ad for a child for sale thinking they’re funny. Until the police show up though because it a lot of jurisdictions posting an ad like that is illegal, even if it’s a joke.

So, no mystery. Go about your business Tulsa.

Craigslist baby sitter admits child molestation. This is my shocked face.

Daniel Benson Billman

Daniel Benson Billman

42-year-old Daniel Benson Billman, of Aransas Pass, Texas, pleaded guilty yesterday to production of child porn charges and faces up to 50 years in prison. As part of Billman’s plea deal he admitted to molesting a 7-year-old girl who was in his care. Billman was watching the girl because he advertised his baby sitting services on craigslist. He is said to have recorded himself molesting the girl.

Why on Earth would anyone use the services of a baby sitter that advertised on craigslist, especially one that’s a middle-aged man? That just screams creep factor to me. I know, you’re probably a craigslist baby sitter who’s a nice guy. I don’t care. I would never use those services in a million years.

Boyfriend of woman stabbed to death in craigslist confrontation tells his side

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I originally posted about the stabbing death of 41-year-old Robin Smith, from Fresno, California, here. Now her boyfriend, who was present at the time of her stabbing, is taking to local media to tell his side of the story.

He claims that Smith contacted the man “to get some transmission fluid for her broken down vehicle”. However the article doesn’t say why he thinks that the man stabbed Smith if it wasn’t self-defense. He claims that he only accosted the man after Smith was stabbed. However the article does state that Smith had worked as a prostitute in the past which would lend credence to the report that the craigslist ad that stared the whole thing was for ‘companionship’.

Again that doesn’t mean she deserved to be killed however I am finding the transmission fluid story a little hard to believe. When people’s cars break down to some take to craigslist for immediate help? That would not be my first avenue of choice in that situation.

Police are still investigating and so far no charges have been filed.

Was Fresno craigslist stabbing self-defense?

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For a while now craigslist has been described as the ‘Wild West’ of the internet. I think this story drives that point home better than most.

On New Year’s Eve 41-year-old Robin Smith, of Fresno, California, was stabbed to death, but was she a victim or an aggressor?

The man who killed her claims that he met Smith through craigslist regarding an ad for what the ABC 30 article calls companionship. The man also claims that Smith began asking for money and then Smith’s boyfriend allegedly attacked the man. The man then claims he stabbed Smith in self-defense. Fresno police are saying that the man is cooperating with police.

While we don’t know for sure I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much this sounded like a prostitution deal gone south. Does that mean Smith deserved to be stabbed to death? It’s hard to say at this time.

In true Wild West fashion there are no ‘good guys’ in this story but what led to her death remains to be seen.

Craigslist ad for hoverboards leads to strange NY robbery

Yeah, I know. It doesn't actually hover. Get over it.

Yeah, I know. It doesn’t actually hover. Get over it.

Two Long Island men are lucky to be a live after responding to a craigslist ad for the latest hot gadget, the so-called hoverboard. After going to the home in Jackson Heights, Queens where they thought they were buying hoverboards they were instead robbed at gunpoint, tied up with duct tape and thrown into a pile with other victims. The two men, who did not arrive together, were both robbed of cash and their phones. Luckily the suspects ran off without further harming their victims.

Criminals will use the latest trends in order to get you to meet them with handfuls of cash by placing ads on craigslist. This has occurred in more than one murder when people have been killed after responding to a craigslist ad for whatever was the hot item at the time, historically iPhones.

The old adage still holds true after all these years when it comes to craigslist, if it appears too good to be true it probably is.

Long con turns to craigslist killing in Oklahoma

Kathryn Lynn Hicks

Kathryn Lynn Hicks

44-year-old Kathryn Lynn Hicks is accused of shooting and killing 59-year-old Michael Ray Beach of Cordell, Oklahoma, sometime in late November. Mr. Beach met his alleged killer back in June through the craigslist personals after his wife had passed away in 2014. During their relationship Hicks had moved in with the victim and allegedly had him change his will and bank account to include her. Beach had her removed from the premises after he believed he tried to kill him.

From NewsOK

“Beach later told Perkins that Hicks had given him a milkshake that night and it tasted gritty. Beach had told several people that he thought Hicks had tried to kill him,” OSBI Special Agent Dannie Sanders wrote in the affidavit.

Beach did have to go to the hospital shortly after that incident.

Thinking that she was still in Beach’s will Hicks is said to have shot and killed Beach in his own home. She reportedly claims that she did not kill him but found his body then claimed that there were two men in the house who assaulted her and left. They must have planted evidence on her because police found a bullet in her purse which matches the type of gun allegedly used to kill Beach. Not to mention this was all for naught as Mr. Beach had Hicks removed from his will and other documents prior to his murder.

I would indeed classify this as a craigslist killing. Hicks appears to be a grifter in my opinion and was using craigslist to find a victim and it also appears that murder was always the end game to get to Beach’s money. Also this shows what kind of criminal element uses craigslist to their advantage. It has become much too unsafe to use for anything in my opinion.

New twist in NY roommate killing

In my last post about the murder of 66-year-old Michael Wimbert in West Nyack, New York, I said that it did not appear to be ‘roommate with benefits’ situation. I may have been wrong about that. The Rockland County Times is saying that this could be the ad placed by victim Michael Wimbert…

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In my opinion that looks exactly like a roommate with benefits ad.

This is important now because the alleged killer, 19-year-old Dylan Lentini, has pleaded not guilty and is claiming that Wimbert tried to molest him and he acted out of self-defense. However I have doubts about that too since Wimbert was recovering from eye surgery and I wonder if lethal force was a necessary self-defense.

I’m still not ready to classify this as your ‘normal’ craigslist killing. Also how sad is it that there are craigslist killings that are considered normal?

Suspect shot and killed by off duty NYPD officer during craigslist robbery

Or "Never bring a pellet gun to a New York robbery"

Or “Never bring a pellet gun to a New York robbery”

30-year-old Devon Holder was shot and killed by an off-duty New York City cop when Holder allegedly tried to rob the cop. The policeman was responding to a craigslist ad for a used car but when he arrived to meet the sellers in Queens he was met with a gun pointed at him and his wallet stolen. Feeling that his life was in danger the officer drew his weapon and fired striking and killing Holder. Another suspect is still on the loose as of this posting.

The gun that Holder was using turned out to be a realistic looking pellet gun. That’s right he robbed someone who was armed with a real gun by using a fake gun.

Again here is someone using the used car scam to try to rob someone. In the past year or so several victims have been killed by craigslist robbers luring them to their deaths with fake used car ads and back in November one of these robbers was killed by civilian in South Carolina acting out of self-defense.

So if you’re in the market for a used car you might want to avoid craigslist altogether.