Two men in their 20s were shot and killed on Monday in Walton County, Georgia, after what the local sheriff called a “Craigslist-type situation”. The site or app used has not been made public yet, but this is another online-fueled robbery turned murder that has happened in Georgia in so many weeks.
The victims have yet to be identified, however, a 16-year-old has been apprehended but another suspect is still at large. The local sheriff is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the apprehension of the suspect.
I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.
I’ve posted stories before about predators who have lured girls from across the country. I’ve posted stories before about how predators have lured girls from one country to another, usually from Canada to the US. To my recollection this is the first time I’ve ever posted a story about an alleged predator who lured a girl from another hemisphere.
39-year-old Sean Price, of Queens, New York, is accused of luring a 16-year-old girl, who he met on Snapchat, from Sydney, Australia, to his home on Queens. Price allegedly sent the girl $1500 USD in order for her to fly from Sydney to L.A. Price is said to have met the girl in L.A., then the pair drove from L.A. to New York. They are said to have ‘had sex’ in multiple states during their coast to coast road trip. Depending on the state, the ‘had sex’ may actually be ‘child rape’.
The NYPD received a tip from Australian authorities and tracked down Price at the home he shared with his mother. At first, even his own mother covered for him, stating that he wasn’t home but police eventually found him and his victim in the basement. That’s right, they found a shifty online creep who couldn’t get women his own age in mom’s basement.
A flight from Sydney to L.A. is 7500 miles and takes 15 hours. To then drive from L.A. to Queens is 2800 miles and takes around 3-4 days if you drive for 12 hours a day. This jackhole took this girl from her home and family with the most obsessive depravity I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading about. If there’s some online sexual predator book of records this scumbag definitely wins the award for most miles lured.
I previously posted about the murder of Stephen Snyder in Topeka, Kansas, here. At the time I wondered if it was yet another craigslist killing since Snyder bought the house from his alleged killer on craigslist. While the purchase of the house through craigslist has been confirmed, craigslist had nothing to do with the murder.
Recently, an affidavit was made public that detailed what police believe to be the actual motive behind the murder. Mr. Snyder did indeed buy the house 81-year-old Anthony Darcy was living in. Mr. Snyder allowed Darcy to live in the house for two weeks providing Snyder could come to the house when he wanted in order to make preparations for moving in.
On the day before the sale, Darcy presented a lease without the language allowing the buyers to visit the house. The buyers didn’t sign that lease, and Darcy, who wasn’t “happy about them wanting to paint some rooms in the house,” indicated he might back out of the deal, the affidavit said.
But during the sale, Darcy “had not complained” about the buyers visiting the house, the affidavit said.
On the day of the shooting, Snyder approached the house with his 8-year-old son when Darcy is said to have opened fire on Snyder. Darcy was said to have called 911 and told dispatchers he shot Snyder because “he was tired of his (expletive).” Darcy then reportedly placed the gun on the kitchen counter and waited for police.
Even I’m a little shocked at the callousness of Mr. Snyder’s murder. Not only did Darcy murder a man over something so petty as being annoyed over a house visit, but he did it in front of Mr. Snyder’s 8-year-old son, putting the child in potential danger as well. Some may say the prosecution should go easy on Darcy since he’s an 81-year-old man with no criminal record. I disagree. While he may have waited late in life to commit a crime, he committed one of the most heinous crimes one can commit. Because of that he deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
37-year-old Jason Wilt of White Oak, Pennsylvania, is accused of allegedly posing as a breast augmentation specialist in order to assault a woman. Wilt called himself Dr. J. Jones and replied to a woman’s ad on craigslist looking for breast augmentation in exchange for modeling before and after photos, because that’s totally how plastic surgeons get paid. Police say this led to Wilt going to woman’s Pittsburgh home where Wilt asked her to undress before he conducted an ‘exam’. The victim found out later that Dr. Jones may be a fraud when he texted her a pic of his junk. An arrest warrant has been issued for Wilt but so far he has not been apprehended.
I really hate to victim blame, but who believes that quality plastic surgeons are on craigslist and they make house calls? Even if there was a plastic surgeon who made house calls on craigslist, he’d probably have the same medical capabilities of this guy…
The woman is lucky that she was only felt up and not more violently assaulted as the fake doctor scam is not a new one. The sad part is people keep falling for it. A lot of craigslist crimes could be prevented if people would use just a hint of common sense.
A new development has been made public in the investigation into the murder of 19-year-old Carina Saunders. For those of you new to the site, Carina was murdered in 2011 and parts of her dismembered body were found in a duffle bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) says they believe there is a video of Carina’s murder somewhere out there and have offered a $10,000 reward for receipt of the video. Two men were arrested for her murder, but the charges were withdrawn, for now.
More recently, the OSBI searched two properties in Oklahoma City that belonged to a guy named Kenny Richards. Several items were collected at the sites by state investigators, although they have not commented on what those items are. Richards is believed to have prostituted Carina and is believed to have been the last person who saw Carina alive.
Now, court records have stated the OBSI received a cell phone from the DEA that contained a picture of Carina Saunders. The phone was seized by the DEA during a drug operation. The phone is said to belong to one Kenny Richards. Richards has stated publicly Carina was a friend of his and he did not kill her.
What I would like to know is what is it about the picture that made it important to the OBSI? Is it something in the picture itself, the date, or something else contained in the photo’s data? So far what I’m taking away from this is there’s a picture of Carina on a phone that belonged to a person of interest in the investigation, but someone who also knew Carina personally. To put it bluntly, I’m not seeing the big deal so far.
Last Monday afternoon, 26-year-old Mezaio Pickett was shot and killed in a restaurant parking lot in Smyrna, Georgia. Local news outlets reported the killing was related to a craigslist deal gone wrong. I did not see any word on if this was a robbery planned from the start, or what item the deal may have involved. Pickett’s alleged assailants remained at large for two days before police arrested 22-year-olds Damien Akeen Scott and Vincent Diandrez Brooks. Both have been charged with homicide-murder and aggravated assault.
When dealing with people from craigslist, the old rules no longer apply. It isn’t just enough to meet someone in public. Too many people have been hurt for this to be a viable form of business anymore. Most articles state the best way to complete these transactions safely is to meet at a police station, but how much longer will it be before a robbery is even attempted there? That’s not even counting the less than legitimate transactions that have led to violence. With such a low barrier of entry and the perceived notion of anonymity it gives its users, craigslist is just a bad deal all around. Continue reading “Two men charged in Georgia’s latest craigslist killing”
Out of all the stories I’ve posted about mobile messaging app Kik, this may be the worst one yet. Even if you didn’t need another reason to keep your kids from using the app, you’re getting one anyway.
A 14-year-old Indiana girl went missing after allegedly meeting 21-year-old Ian Smith Buti, from Derby, Kansas. Investigators say Buti then took the girl to a Cincinnati suburb and left her with two other men before returning to Kansas. The two men are 25-year-old Eric Ho and 27-year-old Bryan Otero. Ho is accused of allegedly raping the girl while Otero has been charged as an accomplice.
What in the blue hell is going on in this country when one man preys on a 14-year-old girl online and then drops her off with two potential rapists before driving home like it was no big deal, like he just delivered a pizza or something. Buti has been charged with child porn offenses so God only knows if this was some kind of child porn ring or network. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since we all know, wait for it, Kik is a veritable cornucopia of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors.
What’s that you say? You say you have the perfect family and you trust your kids online? You think your kids are too smart to fall for something like this? Yeah, about that…
Her family said it was very out of character for the young honor student to disappear without a word, with some relatives saying early in the investigation that they believed she had been abducted by a man she met online.
“In all her school years she’s done very well,” her uncle said. “This is a good student. Something totally unexpected. Not in her character at all.”
The reason they’re called predators is because they’ll find the perfect way to prey upon your children. Even if your kid is in line to be the next Stephen Hawking, predators like this will find whatever they need from your kids to convince them to run off. If I was still a parent of teenagers there would be no way I would allow this app to be installed on their devices.
Anyone with contact information is asked to call the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 626-3385
While Mr. Williams’ disappearance may not be completely related to craigslist, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say it reminded me of the story of Richard Beasley. Beasley and an accomplice would place craigslist ads for non-existent ranch hand jobs. He killed three people who responded to his ads and almost killed a fourth. He committed these crimes because he was already facing jail time on other charges and was planning on stealing his victims’ identities in order to evade capture. Beasley was not only convicted of murder but was sentenced to death. He’s currently awaiting execution on Ohio’s death row.
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Williams’ family in hoping for his safe return.
44-year-old Vicente Cruz, of Austell, Georgia, went missing after going to meet someone who wanted to look at his truck he was selling on craigslist. Mr. Cruz went missing in Atlanta on May 1st, however, his vehicle was located on the 2nd with blood inside the truck. Police say it’s too early to comment on the blood, but they do believe foul play could be involved. No arrests have been made and police are asking for the public’s help.
Cruz is described as 5-foot-9, 230 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, according to police. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, gray tennis shoes, green hat and a checkered shirt.
If you know any information about Cruz, you can call the Atlanta Homicide/ Missing Persons Unit at (404) 546-4235.
While I hope and pray Mr. Cruz is returned safely to his family and friends, this is already an all too familiar occurrence. In 2015, Bud and June Runion, also from Georgia, were lured to their deaths when they went to look at a muscle car that was advertised on craigslist. Their accused killer is said to have shot them both just so he could steal from the elderly couple.
I can’t stress this enough, if something of yours is stolen through craigslist or shows up on craigslist, report it to the police and let them do their job. As I’ve mentioned previously, the media loves to run stories where people circumvented police in order to get their stolen belongings back, however, if something were to go wrong you could end up in dire straits.
For example, take 31-year-old Nowell Harrison Riddle of Lyman, South Carolina. Mr. Riddle was selling a motorcycle on craigslist. The man posing as the buyer took off with the bike after claiming he was taking it for a test drive. Riddle then reported the theft to Spartanburg County deputies. Things should have ended there, but while Riddle was out in his vehicle he spotted the man on the stolen bike. Riddle called deputies again, but then allegedly took matters into his own hands by running the man down with his car after the alleged bike thief tried to leave the scene. Riddle is said to have killed 36-year-old Steven Russell Ridenour, of Greer, South Carolina, after striking him with his car and dragging him for a short distance. Riddle has also been charged with child endangerment because he had his infant son in the car with him when he is said to have killed Ridenour. Ridenour is said to have died from blunt force trauma to the head.
I don’t care if the guy rode the motorcycle onto your front yard, did donuts and wheelies before flipping you off and driving away. Under no circumstances was lethal force necessary in this situation. Riddle’s intent may not have been to kill Ridenour but that’s what happened and that can’t be changed. Now because of either impatience or uncontrolled anger issues, an infant boy may now have to grow up without his father while he sits in jail. There is no motorcycle worth that. Continue reading “SC man accused of running victim over in craigslist vigilante killing”