You really shouldn’t buy or sell pets on craigslist.
Sex crime site. Next question.
This is awesome and a bit of poetic justice.
You really shouldn’t buy or sell pets on craigslist.
Sex crime site. Next question.
This is awesome and a bit of poetic justice.
This story broke 10 days ago and once again I apologize for being so late with it, however, that doesn’t make the story any less important as the suspects are still at large.
On June 12th, 16-year-old Johnny Peluyera of Gary, Indiana was shot and killed after meeting two people who wanted to buy his Xbox through OfferUp. Johnny went with his father to the meet up which ended up being at an abandoned home in Gary. The suspects said they wanted to check if the XBox worked by plugging it into an outdoor outlet. Johnny’s father said one of the suspects produced a silver handgun and shot Johnny in the back as he ran to his father’s car. Johnny later died from his injuries.
The suspects have been described as two black males in their late teens to early twenties, and as I previously mentioned they are still at large. Police in Gary are looking for any information regarding Johnny’s murder.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Equihua of the Lake/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.
After this story broke I saw someone on Facebook post that they did everything right and Johnny still ended up murdered. In a perfect world, any of us would be able to meet with someone off of one of these marketplace apps and safely make a transaction. However, the world is far from perfect.
You should never meet anyone at their home if your buying or selling off of any marketplace website or app. Anymore, you can’t even meet in a public place during daylight hours. The only relatively safe place you should meet someone is at your local police department as many of them have safe zones set up for just this purpose. It won’t guarantee your safety but will go a long way in dissuading potential criminals from approaching you.
Thanks to Dirk for the tip.
UPDATE 6/26/2019: The family of Johnny Peluyera has a message for the shooters.
“Bring yourself in,” John Peluyera said. “It’s a life you took that somebody loved. My son had a big bright future ahead of him that you shattered. It’s not something you can replace. It’s not a book you can open and close and re-read again. It’s a chapter that was started and is never going to end. You took not only a soul, but you took half of my soul that nothing will ever fulfill again, and a little brother who is lost.”
Hopefully, these words will take root in the dark hearts of Johnny’s assailants but I wouldn’t hold your breath.
A complaint filed in May says James Christopher Overton began communicating with a girl on the Kik app when she was 13 and he was 33.
Matthew Essen, 22, of Marlboro met a 14-year-old on the social messaging app Kik and traveled to Virginia to have sex with the teen has been sentenced to 15 years prison.
Randall Keith Midkiff admitted he later contacted the family’s 14-year-old daughter on Facebook and through a phone app called Kik, attempting to meet her for sex.
As part of his guilty plea, Jack Hiller, 55, of Port Crane, admitted that he used Kik, a message application, to receive sexually explicit images of children, under under the age of 12
“Sean Jeffrey Haga, 34, posted a message stating, ‘Looking for a mum or dad into kids,’ and provided his Kik messenger user name,” the court document says.
“51-year-old Stephen Joe Czerniec Jr. is also alleged to have exchanged nude photographs and text messages with the juvenile through the online site/app ‘KIK’ utilizing the screen name ‘Steve Czerniec,’”
Officials say a man started talking to the profile and the conversation turned inappropriate. At some point, the man asked the girl to switch to the “Kik” app. Police say the man told the girl he “wanted to take her virginity.”Detectives were able to track down the man’s IP address which led them to a home in Skiatook where they arrested 30-year-old Corey Vessar.
In his plea agreement, Nicholas Hodges, 31, admitted to obtaining and sharing pictures and videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct between August 2016 and March 2017. A defense sentencing memorandum filed with the court June 13 said Hodges stored many of them in a Dropbox folder and used the Kik Messenger app to solicit and spread those images.
Despite being under such investigation by NCIS, 48-year-old Charles Leis went back on Kik to a “family fun in Orlando” chat group. Upon finding a father in Orlando with 9-year-old and 11-year-old daughters, Leis asked “Are you active with them?”
Sometime between October 2016 and October 2017, Brian Keith Allen used Snapchat to send photos of his genitals to a boy who was under age 16.
What began with a teacher and student exchanging phone numbers and usernames to Snapchat, soon escalated into a sexual relationship off campus. Alexis Mercedes Boberg, 25, turned herself in to authorities.
33-year-old Akron resident Laura V. Bucy , who began working for the district as a family and consumer sciences teacher in August 2017, was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with the boy at the school and sending obscene photos via Snapchat to a juvenile that fall.
Indiana State Police from the Putnamville Post questioned 21-year-old Zachary M. Auler, who allegedly admitted to sending nude pictures of himself to underage females through Snapchat. Auler allegedly told police he knew that the girl was only 13. Investigators obtained a warrant for Auler’s cell phone.
Shelby Garigen, 41, of Clarence Center, is accused of using her Snapchat account to exchange sexually explicit photos with two 17-year-old boys.
An investigation documents, police said Michael D. Gutierrez sent inappropriate messages to two student-athletes on the app Snapchat.
According to the criminal complaint, girls ages 14 to 16 reported that 26-year-old Jesse B. Walker sent them nude pictures of himself through Snapchat.
In January, 50-year-old Angela Cone-Stanton was arrested after authorities learned of the illegal interactions with the teen boys at Citrus High School. Deputies said she performed a lewd act on one student and sent nude photos to the others through Snapchat.
Police said Hunter Thomas Harris, 25, contacted the teen through Facebook messenger. When she told him she was 16 years old, he replied “ughh lol” and asked why she couldn’t be 18 years old.
The two then began communicating on Snapchat, according to the criminal complaint.
25-year-old teacher Logan Procell first contacted the 11-year-old girl in Greater Boston via Snapchat after seeing her on a different social media app.
Adam Michael Wallace, 29, has been indicted on 19 felony charges in Washington County for allegedly sexually abusing boys and luring minors online. Wallace, who sometimes goes by his middle name, is believed to have used Instagram, SnapChat, Grinder, Hornet and text messages to contact his underage victims.
The girl gave her address while using her mother’s phone to exchange messages with Joseph Meili, 22, of Russellville, Missouri, on the MeetMe dating app.
“21-year-old Aaron Lloyd Mitchell further admitted to posting the photos of the females on Tumblr,” a federal complaint states. “Mitchell stated he had taken the photos through the SnapChat application, and then saved them to the camera roll on Mitchell’s phone, but he believed he had deleted most of them.”
You can tell that the school year has winded down for most of the country.
This week Trench talks about the possible demolition of Columbine High School and a state’s safe haven law that was abused by a nation.
Charles McFee was the man who was said to have sold 16-year-old Desiree Robinson to a pimp by the name of Joseph Hazley for $250. Hazley went on to turn out Desiree on Backpage where she was brutally murdered by a john during a Christmas Eve party in Markham, Illinois. Hazley was recently sentenced to 32-years behind bars while Desiree’s killer, Antonio Rosales, is still awaiting trial.
Late last week, McFee was sentenced to seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to sex trafficking charges. McFee was said to have shown remorse during sentencing saying that he was young and dumb and would take it back if he could.
Desiree’s murder was a flashpoint that led to the FOSTA and SESTA legislation that effectively made sites like Backpage illegal, with Desiree’s mother attending the ceremony where the proposed legislation was signed into law.
According to two search warrant affidavits filed by Blanding police and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, on May 15, “a photo showing 13 firearms” was posted on social media with the caption, “Coming to school tomorrow.”
Investigators determined the guns belonged to a third man. That man was questioned, arrested and charged with misdemeanor drug possession, custodial interference and disorderly conduct.
(He sounds like a one-man well-regulated militia.)
Recently, the Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools in Colorado suggested that Columbine High School be torn down due to the continuing morbid fascination with the school’s infamous history.
Now, before we get into the heart of this story please allow me to just say that I am not part of the Columbine community. I haven’t even been to Colorado in my life. I’m just some loudmouth on the internet who was sort of dragged into writing about Columbine after a case of mistaken internet identity twenty years ago.
Anyway, Superintendent Jason Glass has suggested tearing down the school and rebuilding it nearby. His plan calls for replacing the current location of the school with fields and controlled entry points. However, the name, colors and the mascot of the school would remain the same. This proposal even has the support of former Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis. As you may know. Mr. DeAngelis was the principal at the time of the Columbine shootings and only retired a few years ago. He’s also been the target of harassment by Columbiners, other school shooters, and would be shooters.
I’m actually torn on this issue because my heart says that leaving the school standing shows that Columbine will not be defined by the shooting and let the columbiners be damned. On the other hand, I recognize the issue of the need for tighter security that a new building would provide since legislators refuse to take any real measures to prevent threats of violence against our schools. So in essence, I could support either measure.
The only problem I have with the new proposal is that I don’t think it will stop the fascination that the troglodytes of the world have with Columbine. As I’ve mentioned in the past, and as the Sol Pais incident has shown us, many of the Columbiners see making a trip to Littleton as a pilgrimage like it’s some kind of Mecca of murder. Changing the location of the school won’t change that, in my opinion. Even if the name and colors were to be changed the cretins would still refer to the new school as Columbine.
Tearing down schools where shootings have happened is not something new. The Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania was torn down after the attack there. More prominently, Sandy Hook Elementary School was also torn down after the tragedy there. However, neither of these schools had the lasting impact on the wrong people like Columbine has. The shooters at Nickel Mines and Sandy Hook are portrayed as violent lunatics while the Columbine crowd looks at those shooters as outcast heroes by believing the mistruths and rumors about Columbine that have long been disproven.
Ultimately, I’ll support whatever the real Columbine community decides. Sadly though, I don’t think either option will fix the morbid fascination problem.
What do you think? Do you think that Columbine should be demolished or should it remain standing in defiance? Please leave a comment below.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Desiree Robinson she was the 16-year-old girl who was murdered outside of Chicago after being prostituted on Backpage. On Christmas Eve of 2016, 32-year-old Antonio Rosales couldn’t pay Desiree at a party in Markham, Illinois so he allegedly brutally murdered her instead. Rosales was said to have beat her and slit her throat.
However, Rosales wasn’t the only one facing charges when it came to Desiree. Her pimp Joseph Hazley was convicted back in March on federal charges of sex trafficking conspiracy, sex trafficking a minor and transporting victims of sex trafficking across state lines. Hazley had previously ‘bought’ Desiree from another pimp for a promise of $250. When Hazley found out that Desiree had been murdered, he tried to get another woman to work for him because in Hazley’s words, “Now that she’s gone, I got no money coming in.”
Yesterday, Hazley was sentenced and was facing life in prison, however, he was sentenced to 32-years behind bars. Desiree’s mother, Yvonne Ambrose, had asked the judge for a life sentence stating…
“Joseph Hazley sold my baby. My baby! As if she was a piece of clothing! Our ancestors fought hard to keep us free from the same slavery that Joseph Hazley put my baby in.”
However, after sentencing, Ms. Ambrose said that she was satisfied with the sentence.
Prior to sentencing, Hazley tried playing the victim…
“I know the story the government believes and released to the media is far from the truth,” he said.
“I feel like no matter what I do or how hard I try, no matter how good my intentions are, everything just seems to take a turn for the worst,” Hazley said. “Like I’m standing in quicksand. The more I try, the more I sink.”
This from a man who not only ‘bought’ Desiree Robinson from another pimp but also tried to cover up any evidence of his connection to her. I would even wager a bet that Hazley believes what he’s saying as many pimps and traffickers feel like they’re doing nothing wrong at all as they violently coerce these girls into slavery.
I’m sorry I’m late on this one. You can listen to this week’s podcast to hear why. Anyway, on with the show.
13-year-old arrested following lockdown at Winslow Township High School
(There was a major school shooting plot at this school some years ago.)
Santa Rosa student pulls out replica gun, prompts lockdown on school’s graduation day
(Again, that’s a good way to get yourself shot by police.)