19-year-old Reginald Chaney was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island, for allegedly prostituting two underage girls on Backpage. Chaney allegedly turned out the girls, ages 15 and 16, from January 16th to the 28th around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He’s also accused of tasering one of the girls to get her to comply.
Again, I have to question just how effective Backpage’s laughable screening process is when some 19-year-old kid can manage to get underage girls on their website.
A man was shot in killed in DeKalb County, Georgia after allegedly trying to rob a man who was selling a bulldog puppy on craigslist. The man was offered an extra $500 to deliver the dog late at night. When the man arrived at the meeting place with the dog two men were waiting for him. One produced a gun in an attempt to steal the dog. The man selling the dog brought a friend with him who happened to be legally carrying his own gun. The man’s friend shot and killed the alleged robber in self-defense. The man who was killed has been linked to other robberies in the area as well.
Even the bad guys are taking their lives in their hands on craigslist.
Back in September 41-year-old Mamuka Chamiashvili of Brooklyn, New York, was shot and killed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after responding to a craigslist ad for a Mercedes-Benz SUV.
Back in October 28-year-old Ali Garner and 30-year-old Keon Lewis, both of Elizabeth, were arrested in connection with Mr. Chamiashvili’s murder and recently 36-year-old Travis Picou of Paterson was also arrested. All three are being held on $2 million bond each.
I’ll say it again that using craigslist for any reason is very akin to playing Russian Roulette.
UPDATE 6/20/2017:Garner and Lewis have both pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter, while Jones and Picou previously pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree robbery. Garner and Lewis are looking at 27 years behind bars when they are sentenced on September 8th.