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Suspect in father’s KC craigslist killing captured

Suspect in KC father's craigslist killing captured

Fazon K. Swinton

I originally posted about the murder of 39-year-old father Jake Brantner here. Brantner was shot and killed in Kansas City while trying to sell a gun to a buyer from craigslist. His alleged killer was captured earlier this month and is said to be 18-year-old Fazon K. Swinton.

Swinton allegedly grabbed the gun without paying and ran off when both men produced guns and fired at each other. Brantner was gunned down in front of his 10-year-old daughter while Swinton later took himself to the hospital after being struck by a bullet from Brantner’s gun.

As I mentioned before, craigslist forbids firearms to be sold on their site but without any kind of moderation their ban doesn’t really mean a whole lot.

Pa. police catch hybrid craigslist/Kik creeper

Michael Straff

Michael Straff

Police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, recently arrested 58-year-old Michael Straff for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. Straff is said to have placed a craigslist ad entitled “Daddy’s Looking for his Baby Girl KIK Q m4w (Philadelphia and Burbs).” He reportedly communicated with the detective he thought was a girl on Kik using such usernames as “imyourDaddy011” and “Daddy for u.”

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When the subject of age came up Straff allegedly had an answer I haven’t heard before. He is said to have replied to the age matter with “Well I’m not pushy and I am laid back.” In reality that’s just another way of saying the child predator mantra of ‘age is just a number.’ He’s also accused of allegedly sending dick pics to the detective as well.

Not surprisingly, the meeting place where the arrest took place was yet another fast food place. A doughnut joint for once, that’s new at least.

Not only is Kik full of sex offenders and pedophiles but you’d be kidding yourself if you didn’t think craigslist was as well.

Craigslist creeper assaults woman in her home

Juan de Jesus Reyes-Palomino

Juan de Jesus Reyes-Palomino

Juan de Jesus Reyes-Palomino was arrested in Sparks, Nevada, for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her own home. Reyes-Palomino allegedly responded to a woman’s ad who was selling children’s clothes on craigslist. Once he got in the woman’s home he allegedly began to ask the woman personal questions before touching her inappropriately. Police believe he may have more victims…

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sparks Police detectives 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness 775-322-4900.

This story goes to show two things. One, craigslist is polluted with guys like these with their activity in just about every section and two, you should never have anyone from craigslist ever come to your home.

Florida man caught trying to screw the pooch on craigslist

George Wilkinson Jr.

George Wilkinson Jr.

21-year-old George Wilkinson Jr. of Tallahassee, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly looking for dogs to have sex with on craigslist. While this is not a new phenomenon it seems that Wilkinson was not shy about what he wanted. Normally the ‘people’ that are into pooch screwing use a thinly veiled code on craigslist. It seems that no one clued Wilkerson in…

In the ad, he wrote that he was looking for “someone who owns a big dog they like to mess around with … let’s go to your place and let’s have fun and get mounted by your dog.”

It doesn’t get much more blunt than that.

Wilkinson is said to have claimed that the ads were a joke. Ah, the old joke defense. We haven’t seen you in a while. The court thought the joke was so funny they set his bond at a grand and banned him from owning any pets. Sadly he did allegedly receive e-mails from people who were willing to let him have sex with their dogs. If that is the case I hope they are prosecuted as well.

Lastly, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t mention that this is a common occurrence on craigslist despite their so-called community policing. Apparently the craigslist community is too busy looking for dogs to abuse.

Father murdered in KC craigslist killing

Jake Brantner

Jake Brantner

39-year-old Jake Brantner of Lee’s Summit, Missouri was murdered recently in Kansas City. Brantner was believed to be meeting a potential craigslist buyer that he was said to be selling his gun to. Instead witnesses say that Brantner was shot to death while still in his car in front of his 10-year-old daughter.

Craigslist officially does not allow firearms to be sold through their website however since they do no moderating whatsoever it obviously happens anyway.

As of this time Jake Brantner’s killer is still walking free.

If you have any information or saw anything call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Police are currently looking for a blue Ford Five Hundred with a sunroof.

Md. Kik and craigslist creeper used modeling scam to lure teen victim

Roy David Evans Jr.

Roy David Evans Jr.

I wasn’t planning on having a theme day today yet here we are.

31-year-old Roy David Evans Jr. is accused of allegedly having a ‘sexual relationship’ (child rape) with a 14-year-old girl that he met through craigslist. Evans is said to have placed an ad on craigslist looking for young models in the Baltimore area and for the models to message him through his Kik account at “Roddanger86”. Police believe he may have more victims…

Anyone who believes that they may have encountered Evans is asked to contact Montgomery County Police at 240-773-5400 or their local police department.

In my previous post I listed some ways o how you can tell if your child is being scammed. Another good way to tell is that I would imagine that most ‘legitimate’ modeling agencies don’t use Kik as their primary method of communication and if they did I doubt they would have a sleazy handle like “Rod Danger”. Not to mention that even legit modeling has its share of scumbags and pitfalls.

Ex-elementary principal from Texas turned craigslist creeper read his text messages too fast

Oscar Figueroa

Oscar Figueroa

While Kik may be the go to go to app for online predators these days craigslist still has a number of its own. For example 47-year-old Oscar Figueroa is currently on federal trial in Texas for child solicitation charges. The former elementary school principal is accused of posting ads on craigslist with such phrases as the almost usual “The Younger The better”.

Figueroa allegedly met a 35-year-old police investigator posing as a 16-year-old at a movie theater. One of his defenses is that since the undercover officer was actually 35 then there was no crime committed…

“If you send an undercover that looks like he’s 25 or 30, there’s no crime, right?” defense attorney Bruce Anton asked one witness.

Um…yes, there’s still a crime. If an undercover officer poses as a drug dealer in order to arrest a drug supplier there is still a crime being committed.

His other defense is that he read his text messages too fast…

Figueroa told police after he was arrested that he hadn’t read the text message closely and didn’t realize he had agreed to meet a minor.

Which kind of falls apart with the prosecution’s evidence…

On Tuesday, jurors saw nearly three dozen of Figueroa’s online ads from the 122 pages turned over by Craigslist to prosecutors. Those 122 pages of ads posted between Jan. 1, 2015, up until his arrest contained 208 references to age, using terms such as young, son, teen, kid and boy.

Turned over by craigslist but they supposedly can’t do anything to prevent ads like that from being posted, but I digress.

I’m sure the entrapment criers will try to turn Figueroa into one of their martyrs but make no mistake, this guy knew exactly what he was doing.

Another craigslist creeper who said age doesn’t matter

Justin D. Greer

Justin D. Greer

29-year-old Justin D. Greer of Marietta, Pennsylvania, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor on craigslist. Investigators say that Greer’s ad included the pedophiles’ mantra of “age doesn’t matter”. Police posed as a 15-year-old girl and communicated with Greer.

Even though Greer was aware of the girl’s age, he asked for photos via text message and asked “what makes you want to try to have sex,” the affidavit states.

I’m sure some pedo-defenders will decry this as entrapment but as usual it’s not. Since Greer is the one who placed the alleged ad it’s kind of obvious what he was fishing for.

Florida woman in coma after brutal attack by craigslist roommate

Byron Mitchell

Byron Mitchell

I don’t consider the following story a craigslist crime per se. To me a craigslist crime is one where craigslist was instrumental in helping a criminal locate a victim. However due to the level of brutality that took place I couldn’t just ignore this story.

In Miami Danielle Jones has been brutally beaten and stabbed and is currently in a coma clinging to life. Even more sad is that she may not make it. Police believe the perpetrator to be Jones’ roommate 35-year-old Byron Mitchell. Mitchel responded to Jones craigslist ad for a roommate.

Police say that a week after Mitchell moved in he assaulted Jones by beating her and cutting her face. She sustained multiple lacerations and face and skull fractures. She is currently on a ventilator. Mitchell, who allegedly owns a health and fitness business, is claiming the attack was self-defense. Personally I get the feeling that a health and fitness owner could defend himself from a 23-year-old woman without putting her in a coma.

Danielle Jones’ family had posted the pictures of Danielle lying in her hospital bed on a GoFundMe page for Danielle. The injuries are horrific and looked more like a sadistic beating than any kind of self-defense.

Jones’ own mother is now trying to warn people about getting roommates on craigslist and I couldn’t agree more. I have posted more than a few stories where victims have ended up dead or assaulted by craigslist roommates whether it be the person placing the ad or the one responding to it.

No matter how you use craigslist it has devolved into the internet’s largest game of Russian Roulette.

UPDATE 2/21/2016: Danielle Jones has opened her eyes but doctors are afraid that she may have extensive brain damage from the vicious attack.

UPDATE 3/3/2016: This past Tuesday Mitchell was denied bond. The same article also states that investigators believe that Mitchell allegedly tried to cut off Ms, Jones’ lips and eyelids during the vicious attack.

On an even more distressing note members of Ms. Jones’ family are saying that she may not ever see again.

“Her eyes have hemorrhaged because he strangled her so badly. The doctors are saying she might not be able to see,” her cousin, Kaitlin Cabot, told Inside Edition.

UPDATE 3/11/2016: Danielle Jones has come out of her coma after 24 days.

UPDATE 3/19/2016: Danielle Jones is now speaking as well.

If you’d like you can make donations for her medical expenses at her GoFundMe page.

Many charges dropped in NY roommate killing

Many charges dropped in NY roommate killing

Dylan Lentini

In the almost 16 years of this website I have believed that only three people who I’ve posted about were either wrongly convicted or arrested. I may now have a fourth.

I originally posted about Dylan Lentini here and here. He was arrested last year for the alleged stabbing murder of 66-year-old Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York.

Since that time all the counts of robbery in the first degree have been dropped as have three of the four murder in the second degree charges. Lentini has maintained that he killed Wimbert in self-defense stating that Wimbert kept trying to force himself upon the teen. Lentiti had a laceration of his own in his hand and yelled to neighbors to call 911 after fleeing the scene.

The only thing that keeps me from fully believing that Lentini acted in self-defense is the amount of stab wounds that Wimbert received and that was 24. Although with the robbery charges dropped I’m not seeing much of a motive for murder.

I’ll continue to keep an eye on this story for further details.

UPDATE 5/8/2016: Lentini recently gave a jailhouse interview claiming that Wimbert had raped him.