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.
Since I started posting about the murder of Jaymie Adams I’ve contended that her husband, Justin Adams, was her killer. Not only was he prostituting her on craigslist while she was pregnant but he was also allegedly having an affair and had taken a life insurance policy out on his wife. Oklahoma City police originally arrested Adams and charged him with his wife’s murder.They then did an about-face and lessened the charges to manslaughter and under a plea deal allowed him to walk out of court a free man.
All of a sudden they arrested a man by the name of Jospeh Cyr and made him the prime suspect. The police say that Cyr was a john and killed Jaymie Adams although they never said, to my knowledge, what his motive was. They claimed that Cyr’s DNA was found on Jaymie even though it was not mentioned in the autopsy report. Now Cyr’s trial is set to start this coming Monday and we’re finally getting a glimpse of what kind of tactics the prosecution has planned.
Prosecutors plan to discuss Cyr’s past sexual interactions with women during the trial. They allege Cyr “repeatedly intertwines sex and violence” and desires to impregnate women against their wishes.
They also allege Cyr often pressured the women he impregnated into aborting “the very pregnancy which he sought and caused.”
This is the first I’ve heard of any such behavior like this from Cyr. I’m not saying it’s not true it just all seems very vague as far as motives go. In the time around Cyr’s arrest I had been contacted by Cyr’s girlfriend at the time and she did not give any indication to me about any violent sexual behavior towards her from Cyr.
The whole situation seems like the Oklahoma City PD screwed the pooch on this one. As far as I’m concerned the entire investigation was mishandled and should have been handed off to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) like the investigation into the murder of Carina Saunders.
In today’s climate where every police action is questioned and scrutinized and documentaries of police mishandling capture the country’s imagination why is no one questioning why this investigation was such a clusterfuck from the beginning?
30-year-old Lance Kyer of Indianapolis was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting a 10-year-old boy for sex over messaging app Kik. That’s not a typo, the kid was ten-years-old. Don’t get ahead of me just yet.
The boy’s mother had contacted police after finding explicit messages on her son’s Kik account. Police then posed as the boy in order to arrest Kyer. What happens next is the stuff of bad 80’s sitcoms…
When the investigators arrived to meet Kyer and identified himself as the police, Kyer responded, “I’m not him!” and tried to get away. He was quickly taken into custody.
Like the police would go “Ok, sorry. Enjoy your night”. That would almost be funny if we weren’t talking about a real predator here…
During the Kik exchange, the investigator maintained he was 10 years old and asked Kyer to confirm his age. Kyer said he was 30 years old. Kyer then asked when they could meet; the investigator asked Kyer what they would do if they did meet up. Kyer responded that “we can watch movies (and) maybe fool around if you like,” according to court documents.
So basically this 30-year-old man was asking a 10-year-old boy to Netflix and chill. Not only that but Kyer allegedly admitted to police that he had planned on travelling to Ohio to see another boy.
Now on to what you’re all screaming at your various screens of various size. What the hell was a 10-year-old boy doing on Kik? I’m glad that a parent was aware enough to detect what was happening but no 10-year-old needs to be on Kik especially since it’s rife with, you guessed it, sex offenders and pedophiles. You may as well just leave your kid duct taped to a school crossing sign at that point.
I constantly hear from the promoters of the consenting adults myth that sites like Backpage make sex workers safer. Since the beginning I have contended that it not true since using Backpage allows these women to be delivered into the hands of sexual predators. I doubt that Banks’ victims from Backpage felt very safe…
An affidavit by detective Kristyn Bernier alleges Banks met one of the victims, identified as “T,” through an ad she had on Backpage advertising massages. The woman, age 21, told police she was raped by Banks in his Richards Avenue apartment on Jan. 15, 2015, when he said he had a gun, that he had “killed somebody” and “tried to strangle” her.
A woman identified by Bernier as “F” reported that Banks answered an ad she had on Backpage and said she was also raped in his apartment, which was padlocked from the exterior. That woman, age 27, said her cellphone was taken from her so she couldn’t call for help and that she escaped by jumping out a third-story window.
No woman, no matter her profession, whether chosen or otherwise, deserves to be raped. However you can’t pretend that Backpage is some magic shield that will keep you safe from rapists or violent pimps. If anything it’s more of a shopping list for predators like this.
UPDATE 3/19/2016: After a mistrial Banks pleaded guilty to two felony counts of second-degree assault and one felony for unlawful restraint and was sentenced to one year behind bars. One of the victims allegedly lied on the stand.
I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.
UPDATE 10:00 PM EST:The RCMP are now saying that there have been four fatalities, a male suspect has been taken into custody and that the shooting took place not just at Dene High School at the La Loche Community School but also a second location that was residential. There’s believed to be two fatalities at each location. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the separate locations remind me of both the shooting at Red Lake High School in Minnesota and the Thurston High shooting in Oregon where those gunmen had killed family members before killing more at their schools. I’m not claiming that’s what happened just noting eerie similarities.
Thanks to Harding for the tip.
UPDATE 1/23/2016 12:20 AM EST:The National Post is reporting, among other outlets, that the shooter posted a message to Facebook of his intentions to kill. This has not been substantiated by the RCMP however when I was watching the live stream from the CBC the news broadcast stated that the message indicated that the shooter had already killed two people before heading to the school. I can’t say for certain this is the case since social media is a breeding ground for hoaxes whenever a tragedy like this strikes.
The woman in the video is 93 years old and has Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She was unable to tell police what had happened, the complaint states.
Police viewed the video, which showed the woman sitting on a bed, wearing only a bra.
When Riedlinger talked to police she said the woman had been giving her a hard time while she tried getting the woman ready for bed. She said the woman was playing tug of war with her, and decided to record it and post it as a story on Snapchat.
Unfortunately this not a new crime. Since the advent of the cell phone camera some unscrupulous nursing home employees have been engaged in this illegal behavior. Not only is this blatant degradation of some of the most helpless members of our society but I would imagine it’s also a blatant violation of the medical privacy laws in our country known as HIPAA. Having worked in the healthcare industry for half of my life I can tell you that HIPAA penalties are no joke and can carry some hefty fines or jail time. I would imagine that the nursing home’s lawyers are scrambling right now.
Before my mom passed she had to spend some time in a nursing facility for physical therapy. Because of things like this my brother took turns spending as much time with her there as we could to make sure nothing like this could occur. If you have a loved one or relative in such a facility think about spending an entire day with them just to see what is going on in their facility. I realize that not all nursing homes or nursing home employees are like this. It turned out my mom was in a great facility with amazing people working there however, it will only cost you some time to help keep one of your loved ones safe.
Before we get into the crime itself I have to chide the Chicago Sun-Times for using the terms ‘sexual assault’ and ‘having sex’ when what allegedly happened was clearly rape. In my opinion to not call the crime what it really is lessens the impact of what really happened. Tell me if this sounds like ‘having sex’ to anyone…
Both men sexually assaulted her repeatedly and the other man—who has not yet been charged—took her cell phone and keys, prosecutors allege.
Grant continued having sex with the woman while the other man went to ransack her car, but Grant stopped and ran when he heard a noise, prosecutors said.
Not sex, rape. I can’t even imagine the horror that the victim had to endure not knowing if she was going to live or die while repeatedly being violated.
Secondly I want to address the Backpage issue with this crime. A number of sex workers who claim they’re ‘consenting adults’ say that websites like Backpage make it safer for them. Again in my opinion it does not, as has been shown here it only delivers victims to where potential rapists want them. Am I saying that the victim deserved what she got? Not at all and only the most ardent supporters of the consenting adult myth would ever believe that. However by telling yourself that Backpage makes it safer for prostitutes then you’re just fooling yourself.
Once again I find myself asking the question why does it always seem to be teachers and coaches who are using Snapchat to prey on underage students?
For the uninitiated Snapchat is a smart phone app that allows you to share pictures with people on your friends list and the pictures are supposed to disappear after a short amount of time. That hasn’t stopped people from figuring out how to save the allegedly temporary pictures.
The next day, the detective took the girl to a center that conducts forensic interviews on children. The 13-year-old told the interviewer that Alvarez had asked her if “she was one of the bad girls that send photographs.” After initially refusing his request, she sent him one nude photo from the waist up after he told her he would give her private cheerleading lessons, according to the probable cause statement.
While Snapchat may not be as bad as Kik it’s still not something that your kids should be using without a parent doing occasional checks. You may also want to have a talk with your kids about how Snapchat pics aren’t as temporary as they might think.
Back in the early days of the internet, if you can consider 1997 the early days, people didn’t generally share their personal information online. That’s one of the reasons I still use a pen name after all these years. Back then you’d be hard pressed to find a lot of people posting pictures of their kids online. Somehow between now and the advent of social media we’ve lost that need to keep our private information private. We post the most mundane facets of our lives on placed like Twitter and Facebook without realizing how that information can be used against us or our children.
For example in Cork County, Ireland, a number of images of children that were posted on Facebook have ended up on a child porn website. The images posted on Facebook were not pornographic however that doesn’t stop the pedos from using Photoshop to manipulate the images until they are.
While I understand that this is an extreme case just remember that once a picture is out on the internet, even on Facebook, it’s near impossible to ever get back and they can be used from everything to your image used in ads to identity theft and beyond.
The article also goes on to mention Aim Group’s SafeTrade initiative to turn police stations into safe zones for craigslist transactions. That should tell you volumes right there on how unsafe craigslist really is. If a major watchdog group and numerous police departments across the country are urging you to use police stations to do business on craigslist then it really isn’t all that safe.
As I’ve said since craigslist has such a low barrier to entry and the fact that it’s almost anonymous it allows a large criminal element to inhabit the site and craigslist isn’t about to do anything about it…
Neither Craigslist nor its publicist responded to multiple interview requests, and the company has not commented publicly on safety issues since a 2010 Congressional hearing.
And if they can help they won’t since that costs money. Craigslist may have been founded on Bay Area hippy principles, but today they are nothing but cold-hearted capitalists whose only concern is the bottom dollar.