Taylor and Coleman
One of the arguments I keep hearing in defense of Backpage and their ads for prostitution is that the girls are safer online than they are on the streets. But are they really?
Police in Tampa, Florida, have arrested 19-year-old Ikeem Alonzo Taylor and 20-year-old Corey Terrell Coleman for the alleged rape and robbery of two women who were advertising on Backpage as escorts. Taylor is said to have raped and robbed the women and gunpoint while Coleman acted as his driver.
It sounds like these women may have been ‘independent contractors’ but God forbid if either of them had pimps. Do you think that the pimps would care if they lost money because they were raped? If anything they’d probably face additional violence from the pimp and this is the cycle of violence that Backpage perpetuates by keeping the adult section open. It’s not free speech that Backpage is really worried about, it’s their blood money.
24-year-old Austin Hamilton of Tampa, Florida was recently arrested for the beating death of his girlfriend’s one-year-old son, Sincere Williams. A coroner’s report said that Sincere died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen. Hamilton allegedly confessed to police that he struck Sincere ten times with a belt and dropped him on his head after Sincere urinated on him during a diaper change.
I was spared diaper changes since my (step)kids were out of diapers when I got married. However my dad told me that I was quite the surprise geyser when I was in diapers. Considering my dad was not the most calm man I ever knew how much rage did Hamilton have to possess in order to do that to one-year-old child? He would have had to have either taken off his belt or gone to get a belt before striking the child which for most people would have been enough time to give them pause about what they were about to do. Also Hamilton had a child from a previous relationship so I doubt this was a new experience for him.
Sincere’s mother was working at the time of the beating. The couple had known each other for years and she thought Hamilton would be fine with the children since he had children of his own. However Hamilton in the past has been charged with battery, domestic violence and had been investigated by CPS. All charges were dropped but you have to think that sometimes where there’s smoke there’s a raging inferno of a forest fire sometimes.
There’s nothing wrong with screening the background of your significant other. It may save your children’s lives and yours. One possible service is instantcheckmate.com which has an A- rating by the Better Business Bureau although your results may vary. You may also want to contact your local police or courts for records availability.
Thanks to Jaz for the tip and CW for the assist.
(In the interest of transparency I received no compensation for any service mentioned in this post.)
Man beat homeless woman forced her into prostitution, authorities say:
27-year-old Jesse Lewis had an interesting way of getting women to allegedly prostitute for him. According to Tampa police at least on one occasion he choked and beat a homeless woman, made her call him ‘daddy’ then advertised her on Backpage. Lewis was said to have kept all the money made by the woman.
The victim was able to escape Lewis after he fell asleep. Most women in her situation are not so lucky.
According to reports Lewis tried defending himself that he finds promiscuous women but doesn’t get involved in how they make money. That’s because they don’t make any money because he keeps it all. Either that or he just beats homeless women for fun.
So the next time you ‘hobbyists’ go on about consenting adults try to keep this story in mind. This is the rule and not the exception. Also, do I need to mention that Backpage continues to make money off of cretins like this? I will keep mentioning it until it stops.
TPD: Mom beat kid for eating her pot:
Tampa police say woman struck 1-year-old who ate some of her pot:
Who says weed doesn’t make you violent?
22-year-old India Couch (Really? Is your sister’s name Bangladesh Sofa?) of Tampa, Florida was arrested for allegedly beating a 1-year-old in her care with a sandal until welts were raised on the child’s body.
The reason for such rage was when the child was left unattended the kid went through Couch’s purse, found some of her weed, and ate it. Rather than taking the kid to the hospital for ingesting the illegal drug she must have thought it was better to beat the child for depriving her of her buzz.
The child was not the only one to feel her reefer wrath. when an adult tried to protect the child Couch allegedly beat the man with a 5 pound barbell on the chest and back.
If I didn’t know any better I would swear that’s the behavior of a *gasp* drug addict. But people keep telling me that you can’t get addicted to weed and that it’s a victimless crime.
I would argue that the 1-year-old child disagrees.
Thanks to Steve and Nicole for the tips.
Student planned Columbine-style attack, police say:
An anonymous tip intervened on a teen’s plan to attempt mass murder at a Tampa high school:
17-year-old Austin Cook of Tampa, Florida has been arrested for allegedly plotting an attack against Leto High School also in Tampa.
Cook allegedly told witnesses that he was going to ‘break the record’ of Virginia Tech. He also allegedly tried to recruit other people for his plot.
Police received a tip through Crime Stoppers. When they searched Cook’s house they turned up all the typical trappings of a mutant. Police say they found not only videos about Columbine on his computer but they also found a Columbine video game. The Columbine video game I know of is SCMRPG. I wonder if its creator will grace us again with his presence to tell me the game is not a Columbine tribute but I digress.
Police also found a .22 rifle, a bow and arrow, and books about guns. They also say that cook was researching Tampa gun shops.
But being a typical mutant there was a major flaw in his plan. He plotted his attack for 11/11/11. That is November 11th 2011. Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t public schools closed on Veteran’s Day?
2 men to be sentenced for child sex trafficking:
25-year-old Pasquale Holt pleaded guilty to prostituting children at the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa on craigslist. His cohort, 31-year-old Manuel A. Walcott, was convicted last week. Both are looking at 10 to life in federal prison.
At the time of their arrests they were prostituting an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old who said that she was 17.
More than likely the sentence will be closer to 10 years than life which is still a joke. These child trafficking scum need to be at least sentenced to a mandatory life sentence. Not to mention that craigslist still turns a blind eye to the child prostitution that takes place on their site.
Again if you would like to use a classifieds site that does not promote child prostitution and human trafficking I recommend Geebo.com. Not only does Geebo not have these ads since they review every ad but they also show that a classifieds site can be run without trafficking ads and still make a prophet since they have been around for 10 years.
Win a free craigscrimelist T-shirt.
Craigslist crime post #1267
Prostitution/Human Trafficking post #568
Prostitute left baby in car while she worked, deputies say:
30-year-old Latosha Yeadon was arrested in Tampa, Florida for turning tricks while she left her 3-month old baby in her car. The window was cracked an inch and luckily it wasn’t a mad hot day that day in Florida.
Luckily a maintenance worker saw the baby in the car and was able to pry the window open.
Since the baby was 3-months-old it makes me wonder how long she waited after birth before she started turning tricks again or was she giving handjobs in the hospital parking lot after delivery.
Yeadon says she arranged to meet her client over the internet. Craigslist maybe?
Thanks to LadyJade for the tip.
Man hid cocaine in his buttocks, cops say:
That’s Leroy Fillmore of Tampa, Florida. He was arrested during an undercover drug deal in which he brought two of his kids too.
when police arrested him he tried hiding his crack in his ass. I guess because no one has ever hidden drugs there before. That was sarcasm. That’s like hiding a joint in a cigarette pack, it’s the first place police look.
The kids have been placed with their grandmother.
Cops: Mom left baby in car while she burglarized home:
21-year-old Colleen Sullivan of Tampa, Florida is accused of leaving her 4-month-old son in her car while she burglarized a home. The temperature reached 93F that day and the windows were only partially down. When she was arrested she allegedly told police “Do what you want. I don’t want the baby.”
Here’s a thought. If you don’t want a baby keep your legs closed. It’s just that simple. But I’m guessing that common sense is not her strong suit.
Thanks to everyone who sent in the story about the baby in Tampa who was killed after being thrown from a car. However the suspect was not the baby’s parent. But my blogging partner Violet Crime has blogged about it at the News of Doom.