Earlier this week, I posted about the murder of former Tennessee police officer Jonathan Outlaw. He was shot and killed at a Robertson County gas station after going there to meet someone from craigslist he thought he was going to sell his car to. Just a few days later, another armed robbery was committed at the same exact gas station, except this through the LetGo app.
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I’ve said this many times before, but the old rules don’t apply anymore. You can no longer rely on meeting in public during the day even if you bring a friend along. Too many criminals have shown that these recommendations are for naught. Personally, I don’t do any business on these sites or apps for obvious reasons, but if you’re going to, use the local police department as your meeting place. It’s not a 100% guarantee of safety but it’s the safest option available to you today.
A man and his grandmother were robbed at gunpoint in Atlanta, after searching for a car on classifieds app LetGo. The victims were set to buy a Chevy Impala and met a woman with her infant son who was supposedly selling the car. The woman, who called herself Aaliyah Hall, said she didn’t have the bill of sale with her and asked the buyers to meet them in an hour in a church parking lot.
When the buyers got to the church parking lot they were met by Hall and two other men while the child was still present. The two men brandished guns and stole money and a cellphone from the victims. As of last report, police were still looking for the three suspects.
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Just because LetGo is a slick-looking app with national TV advertising doesn’t mean it’s any safer than something like craigslist. If someone says they don’t have the bill of sale with them, or they need you to follow them somewhere else, get away no matter how much you may want the car. At best you’ll probably be robbed and at worst you could end up losing your life.
According to Google Maps Vienna is about 8 hours away from Anderson County. The robbery took place around 8am local time in Tennessee while Bartley was apprehended around 10pm Eastern time. In my opinion that’s plenty of time for Bartley to get out of Dodge and back to Virginia. Vienna was where Bartley was living with his psychologist’s family.
I bring this up because Bartley’s lawyer says that he is 200 percent sure his client did not commit the crime.
“Our first investigation has revealed the Kenneth Bartley was not in the state of Tennessee at the time the Anderson County press release indicates the crime was committed. I would encourage law enforcement and the general public not to jump to conclusions regarding Kenneth Bartley’s whereabouts. I’m continuing to encourage Kenneth Bartley to return to Campbell County as a result of his pending misdemeanor violation of probation charges. “
I’ve been following the story of Kenny Bartley since 2005 when he brought a gun to Campbell County High School in Tennessee. shot three school employees and killed one. He originally entered into a plea deal that saw him sentenced for 45 years but that plea was thrown out and he was released in 2014.
Since his release he’s had various run ins with the law mostly for domestic abuse against his parents. As part of his probation he was going to live with his psychologist’s family in Virginia. The psychologist’s son died from what is being claimed as a fall down the stairs but he was allegedly alone with Bartley at the time. Bartley has not been charged with a crime in that case as the investigation is still ongoing. Bartley then fled Virginia as there was a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest in Tennessee.
Now it seems that Bartley may be going back to prison for quite some time as he’s named as a suspect in an armed robbery, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. Investigators believe that Bartley was armed with a gun when allegedly robbed a gas station in Anderson County, Tennessee, earlier this morning.
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Anyone having information on Bartley’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department at 865-457-2414 or call their local law enforcement agency immediately.
I hope he is captured soon without injury or loss of life to anyone. In my opinion Bartley is very dangerous and I could easily see his capture going sideways. I pray to God that he is brought in without incident.
One of the arguments I keep hearing in defense of Backpage and their ads for prostitution is that the girls are safer online than they are on the streets. But are they really?
Police in Tampa, Florida, have arrested 19-year-old Ikeem Alonzo Taylor and 20-year-old Corey Terrell Coleman for the alleged rape and robbery of two women who were advertising on Backpage as escorts. Taylor is said to have raped and robbed the women and gunpoint while Coleman acted as his driver.
It sounds like these women may have been ‘independent contractors’ but God forbid if either of them had pimps. Do you think that the pimps would care if they lost money because they were raped? If anything they’d probably face additional violence from the pimp and this is the cycle of violence that Backpage perpetuates by keeping the adult section open. It’s not free speech that Backpage is really worried about, it’s their blood money.
A year and a half ago I posted about a craigslist robbery in Trotwood, Ohio. In that robbery the victim was literally shot in the face, through his jaw if memory serves me correctly. Thankfully the victim survived.
At that time there wasn’t a lot of details that was until now. Last week the gunman, Keron Simpson, was sentenced to 14 years for the robbery and the shooting. That’s in addition to his 33 to life sentence for another robbery and a fatal shooting.
The victim got the opportunity to address Simpson at the sentencing and took full advantage of it…
That victim, Chris Voudris, was in the Montgomery County Common Pleas courtroom during the sentencing hearing on Wednesday and asked Simpson to “look me in the eye.” He told Simpson that “soon you will be nothing to society but a number” the rest of his life, an allusion to his future as a prison inmate.
In case you needed another reason not to do business on craigslist this should be it.
The band of misfits you see here are, Tawander Simmons (35), her son Benny Brice (17), David Rawlins (17) and Glenn Broom (18) all from Dekalb County, Georgia and they like to rob banks.
There are conflicting stories has to how the leader of the group Tawander, ended up with all three boys. One source says she checked them all out of school on Friday, January 28th. The school’s police say only Brice came to school and decided to leave because the other two had skipped. Dekalb school officials later said none of the boys were in school on the 28th.
Despite the differing stories what is fact is the Tawander and the three boys, robbed a Wells Fargo Bank, at gunpoint, at approximately 9 am on the 28th. Tawander and two of the boys entered the bank and one of the boys remained outside in the getaway car. Mom, armed with a handgun, approached a teller and demanded money. The three robbers exited the bank, jumped in a red Toyota Corolla and led police on a high-speed chase, clocking speeds of up to 90 mph that ended with the car hitting an embankment and railroad tracks. Oops, bet that wasn’t part of the plan.
All four were arrested and charged with armed robbery. I am not sure this is the kind of mother and son quality time that doctors and psychologist recommend. I know… it’s not funny, but come on really, how in the hell did this woman even think they’d get away with this? There are professional bank robbers that spend months, even years planning robberies and don’t get away. She grabs up three teenagers and heads to local bank and thinks they’ll commit this crime and all go home richer. Please!
It is a shame that she thought it appropriate to ask not only her son but also two other teenagers to help her commit a crime that very easily could have cost them their lives. She was an armed woman and they all could have ended up shot or killed in the car as it sped away. Just crazy and careless!