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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.

More about alleged abuse of boy who died in Kenny Bartley’s care

Kenny Bartley

Kenny Bartley

Again let me preface this by saying that as of the time I’m posting this no criminal charges have been filed. Because of that I will not be posting anyone’s name except for Bartley’s. Technically he is wanted by authorities but not for this.

Anyway the father of the boy who died from blunt force trauma while in Kenny Bartley’s care has written to the governor’s of both Virginia and Tennessee asking for legal action to be taken. That part I’m not interested in too much. I’m more interested in the additional details that have been released concerning the boy’s injuries.

From WTAE…

A report from Inova Children’s Hospital found that while the child’s fatal injuries could have been caused by the fall as described, some features of his injuries, including certain wounds on his scalp and retinal hemorrhages, were not likely to have been caused by the fall as described.

The boy’s mother who is also Bartley’s ‘therapist’ claims that the boy fell off of some stairs onto gravel outside. Speaking of her she is refuting any abuse charges but in my opinion is acting more than a little suspicious…

In addition, the doctor conducting the report, Dr. William E. Hauda II, found several healing spinal injuries and a healing arm fracture. Correspondence with the mother is included in the report, in which she said she contacted an orthopedist via the website JustAnswer.com who said the spinal injuries could have been caused by being strapped into a child safety seat too tightly. According to the report, Dr. Hauda was unable to find any evidence that the injuries could have been caused by a child safety seat.

Really? So her defense is asking a doctor over the internet who has not examined the boy or his injuries. That sounds a lot like the coffee table defense. That’s the one where the parents of a child who has blunt force trauma say that the child hit its head on the coffee table when it’s clearly abuse.

She also claims she’s had other medical professionals look at the boy’s medical records and that they found no evidence of abuse. She also blames the boy’s father for stirring shit up because he allegedly had his own legal troubles. This all sounds so Jerry Springer to me and makes me wonder how this woman not only became a therapist but how she was allowed to keep a violent criminal like Bartley at her house.

Boy who died in Kenny Bartley’s care ruled an abuse victim

Kenny Bartley

Kenny Bartley

Again let me preface this by saying that as of the time I’m posting this no criminal charges have been filed.

Earlier today it was announced by CPS of Fairfax County, Virginia, that the three-year-old boy left alone in the care of Campbell County High School shooter Kenny Bartley was a victim of child abuse according to their investigation. Previously it had been made public that the boy had died from blunt force trauma. The boy is the son of Bartley’s psychologist who he had been living with under the terms of his probation. The boy’s mother claims that the victim fell from a three-foot tall set of steps onto the gravel outside.

Not surprisingly Bartley’s location is currently unknown.

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.

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.

Craigslist shooting in SC leaves one dead

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This past week in Aiken, South Carolina, there was a craigslist killing of sort. 23-year-old Frank Frazier Jr. was shot and killed during an attempted craigslist robbery police say. A couple responded to a craigslist ad for a used car for sale but the ad was a fake used to set up a robbery. The twist here is that Frazier was one of the alleged robbers and was shot and killed by a victim who was said to be defending herself. So far no charges have been filed against the woman but police are still investigating.

Even though it was one of the supposed bad guys that was killed this time this is another example of a scam that has cost too many lives recently. As I’ve mentioned before what criminals will do is post ads on craigslist, and many other un-moderated classifieds, for a car that is either high-end and rare or has a too good to be true price. Once at the meeting place the respondents to the ad will usually be robbed. This is because the victims usually have cash in had in order to buy a used car. In recent history these kinds of scams have cost the lives of Taylor S. Clark of Illinois, Bud and June Runion of Georgia, and Robert Polk of St. Louis.

With such a low threshold of entry virtually nothing on craigslist should be trusted. When shopping for a car I would recommend instead using a website where people pay to place ads. Not only does that mean someone is usually serious about selling a car but if some kind of criminal activity does take place there should be a paper trail to the perpetrator.

Body of missing St. Louis soldier found

 Robert Polk

Robert Polk

I’m saddened that I have to post that the body of 22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis was found this past Thursday. It appears that Mr. Polk had been there for some time however police have released that the cause of death appears to be a shooting. As you may recall Mr. Polk went missing a week ago today after going to look at a car that he found on craigslist.

Police aren’t saying if craigslist is related to his murder since they have not yet named a suspect. However police have said that there has been a transaction on one of Mr. Polk’s financial accounts that is said to have taken place after his death.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers. The phone number is 866–3 71–8477.

As I mentioned in my last post about Mr. Polk too many people have been murdered in the past year or so after going to look for cars on craigslist. If a deal for a car looks too good to be true on craigslist it probably is. A lot of criminals use fake ads for cars as a way to lure a victim that they know will have a substantial amount of cash on them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Robert Polk.

UPDATE 11/1/2015: I received the following information from MissingVeterans.com on my Pinterest page

The regional CrimeStoppers organization is requesting help from the public. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the murder of Mr. Polk will be eligible for up to a $5,000 reward. Call or text a crime tip to the CrimeStoppers hotline: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477)

Boy that was in Kenny Bartley’s care died from blunt force trauma

Kenny Bartley

Kenny Bartley

First please allow me to preface this story by saying that no criminal charges have been filed at the time I’m posting this.

Having said that as you may recall Campbell County High School shooter Kenny Bartley was living with his psychologist and her son as part of his probation for domestic violence charges he allegedly committed against his own family. Back in May the three-year-old boy died while in Bartley’s supervision. Bartley’s psychologist and attorney have both said that it was an accident and that the child fell off some stairs onto a concrete surface,

Recently the boy’s cause of death has been made public and according to the autopsy report the boy died from blunt force trauma to the head. In case you’re wondering I’m not mentioning the boy’s name until actual criminal charges are filed if any are filed at all. So far it appears that the investigation is still ongoing since not only has the suspected cause of the blunt force trauma not been released but the law enforcement offices that are involved in the investigation are being very tight-lipped about the whole thing.

Now I am far from any kind of medical professional but I’ve posted enough stories in my time about children dying from blunt force trauma and they tend to have similar narratives, usually from abusive parents. Most times they claim the child fell out of bed or hit their head on some piece of furniture. It usually turns out that the force they died from was many times greater than the force they claim injured the child. Is that the case here? Can am accidental fall from three steps up onto a concrete floor cause enough trauma to kill a three-year-old. I guess it is entirely possible however, when a child is left unattended with a convicted murderer who has a history of violence it seems like it becomes more than coincidental.

Idaho man shot and killed by your latest craigslist killers

Marshall and Kimball

Marshall and Kimball

53-year-old Kent Storrer of Twin Falls, Idaho, was shot and killed while he and his son-in-law were trying to sell his son-in-law’s car on craigslist. Police say that 22-year-old Jerry Burton Kimball and 20-year-old Jacob Lyn Marshall responded to the ad and took the car for a test drive. After the drive Marshall allegedly shot both men and he and Kimball then took off with the car. Mr. Storrer succumbed to his injuries while his son-in-law, 32-year-old Jasper Qualls, survived. Marshall was arrested after a police chase where he is said to have rammed a police cruiser with the stolen car while Kimball later turned himself in.

Sadly this is not the first major craigslist related crime to happen in Twin Falls. Back in 2012, Justin Crawford tried to have his wife raped multiple times through craigslist. He posed as his wife of the classifieds site and claimed to be into rape fantasies.

So just because you live in a small town or rural America don’t think craigslist is safe by any means.

My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Storrer.

Illinois craigslist killer gets new trial

Timothy Smith

Timothy Smith

Back in 2011 Timothy Smith of Woodstock, Illinois, shot and killed 48-year-old Kurt Milliman in Smith’s home. Smith was prostituting his then wife, Kimberly Smith, on craigslist. Supposedly Milliman got to rough with Kimberly Smith and Timothy Smith emerged from hiding and shot Milliman.

More than likely to hide their criminal activities the Smiths concocted a home invasion story where they claimed that Milliman was killed in self-defense after tampering with evidence to try to make the scene look like am attempted burglary.

In 2013 Timothy Smith was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years behind bars. This past Tuesday Smith was granted a new trial on the grounds that the judge at his trial did not allow an involuntary manslaughter charge to be considered by the jury. Smith’s attorney claims that his client meant to scare Milliman and not kill him. I don’t buy it but it is what it is.

As I said before no one in this story was clean but I can see the grounds for involuntary manslaughter as Smith did not allow Milliman into his home with the ‘sole purpose of killing him. Then again, it was a killing in the commission of another crime so I can see the murder charge as well.

No word on when the retrial is scheduled to take place.