(Story broke 6/16/2017)
33-year-old April Vancleave of Arlington, Texas, was shot and killed around Christmastime last year after trying to sell some items on classifieds app 5miles. She was trying to make enough money to buy her 6-year-old daughter a Christmas present. This was an unusual story because Ms. Vancleave did everything right when going to meet the purported buyers. She met them during the day, at a Target store and brought her husband with her. When the sellers didn’t show, her husband dropped her off back at home and he went back to work. Two men had followed her from Target and robbed her before shooting and killing her.
Back in February, police arrested 33-year-old Mario Hernan Lopez Gamez. Recently, the second suspect in Ms. Vancleave’s murder was arrested. Today, U.S. Marshals arrested a man going by the name of Alex Menor Diaz, who they believe is Gamez’s alleged accomplice. He was brought to the attention of authorities by Ms. Vancleave’s family after going through Gamez’s Facebook friends list. Diaz may be using an alias and investigators are still trying to determine his true identity. He is currently being held on $1 million bond.
While this story is a rare type of craigslist-like killing, it does show how dangerous it can be to do business with online strangers in real life. Again, while no plan is absolutely perfect, the best option when making these type of transactions is to do them at your local police station.