2nd man charged in craigslist killing of Vicente Cruz

2nd man charged in craigslist killing of Vicente Cruz

Gilbert George Moran

In addition to the arrest of 34-year-old Davis Rios, police in San Antonio also arrested 39-year-old Gilbert George Moran, in the alleged craigslist killing of Vicente Cruz in Atlanta, Georgia.

Back in May, Mr. Cruz went missing after going to sell his truck on craigslist and never returned, His truck was found abandoned and his blood was inside the truck. His body was found behind a vacant Atlanta home.

Just how Mr. Cruz was murdered and which of the men allegedly killed him has not yet been made public.

Man arrested in San Antonio for craigslist killing of missing Georgia man

Man arrested in San Antonio for craigslist killing of missing Georgia man

Davis Rios

Back in May, I posted about the disappearance of 44-year-old Vicente Cruz, of Austell, Georgia. He went missing after he went to sell his truck on craigslist. His body was found on May the 22nd, which I was unaware of. That officially made the story a craigslist killing.

This past week, 34-year-old David Rios was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, and charged with Mr. Cruz’s murder. What hasn’t been made public yet is the cause of Mr. Cruz’s death and the motive behind the crime.

If you’re selling something on craigslist, even if it’s something as big as a truck, meet the buyer at your local police department. Most municipalities have safe zones at their police stations to facilitate classified transactions safely. If the seller says they can’t meet at the police station, then it’s not worth risking your life over a sale.

Woman uses child in Atlanta LetGo robbery

Woman uses child in Atlanta LetGo robbery

(Story broke 8/1/2017)

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.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit crimestoppersatlanta.org. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000.

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.

Ga. man missing after trying to sell truck on craigslist

Ga. man missing after trying to sell truck on craigslist

Vicente Cruz

44-year-old Vicente Cruz, of Austell, Georgia, went missing after going to meet someone who wanted to look at his truck he was selling on craigslist. Mr. Cruz went missing in Atlanta on May 1st, however, his vehicle was located on the 2nd with blood inside the truck. Police say it’s too early to comment on the blood, but they do believe foul play could be involved. No arrests have been made and police are asking for the public’s help.

Cruz is described as 5-foot-9, 230 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, according to police. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, gray tennis shoes, green hat and a checkered shirt.

If you know any information about Cruz, you can call the Atlanta Homicide/ Missing Persons Unit at (404) 546-4235.

While I hope and pray Mr. Cruz is returned safely to his family and friends, this is already an all too familiar occurrence. In 2015, Bud and June Runion, also from Georgia, were lured to their deaths when they went to look at a muscle car that was advertised on craigslist. Their accused killer is said to have shot them both just so he could steal from the elderly couple.

Simply put, craigslist is the textbook definition of unsafe. The amount of violent crime committed through its pages is nothing short of staggering. As long as these crimes continue to pose a threat to life and limb craigslist should not be used for any kind of transaction.
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Atlanta stepfather confronts Kik kreeper at truck stop shower

Atlanta stepfather confronts Kik kreeper at truck stop shower

Brian Grabia

An Atlanta, Georgia, stepfather is said to have noticed strange messages and pictures being sent to the phone of his 12-year-old stepson through Kik. The man then posed as his stepson and sent a reply to the alleged sender. The stepdad said “I’m 12. Do you have a problem with that?” The perpetrator messaged back “Well I thought you were 18, but that’s no problem” according to the stepfather. He then arranged to meet the man at truck stop shower stall where he collared 35-year-old Brian Grabia.

“He reached in to start taking his clothes off, reaching towards his stomach. At that point I jumped out of the shower and it all went down from there,” the stepfather said.

No word if ‘it all went down from there’ included a righteous ass whuppin’. Police did arrest Grabia and found him to be in possession of two cellphones which can be an indicator of a creeper.

While any father or stepfather worth their salt will always say they’ll beat the man whoever approaches their kids like that, in reality it’s best to leave things like this to police. While a beating may be deserved, not only can it jeopardize an investigation, it can lead to charges as well.

Craigslist killing in Atlanta

Man shot and killed during Craigslist sale:

Man reportedly shot during botched DeKalb Craigslist deal:

As if the DeKalb County section of Atlanta didn’t have enough problems to deal with yesterday an unidentified 60-year-old man was shot and killed during a craigslist deal gone bad.

The details have not been forthcoming but reports say that the victim was allegedly meeting with potential buyers for a cell phone he was trying to sell. Police seem to think that this was a botched robbery attempt. No suspect has been apprehended at this time.

With the lack of details I can only comment on this, craigslist is dangerous. I realize that craigslist has millions of transactions that happen without any malice but has an inordinate amount of transactions that end up just like this one.

UPDATE 4/15/2015: The victim was 56-year-old Clarence Gardenhire and his killers Contevious Stepp-McCommons, 20, and Malik Rice, 19, have both been convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

Da M.O.B. charged with trafficking teens on da Backpage


Men charged with pimping teens in Atlanta area:

Alleged gang members plead not guilty to sex trafficking:

Alleged members of Atlanta-based gang Da M.O.B. are accused of raping and prostituting girls as young as 14. They allegedly used the Village Voice Media owned Backpage.com to turn out the girls.

Those charged are Fabian Terran Murray, Joshua Thomas Hill, Richard Douglas King, Clinton Saintvil, and Jonathan Christopher Branch. All five have been federally indicted and all five have pleaded not guilty.

Authorities allege that they met two 14-year-old girls took them to a hotel room where they were raped before turning them out on Backpage to be raped by other men for money. It’s also alleged that one of them beat and choked another 14-year-old who refused to work for them. A 16-year-old victim claims that she was beaten daily and held against her will, She also claims that she was shot at when she tried to escape. She says that she was raped as well.

What’s not being talked about in this story is Backpage itself. They claim they have all these safeguards in effect and that all ads are reviewed fir illegalities yet somehow women and children are still being trafficked. Not only trafficked but held against their will, raped and shot at. Yet Backpage still refuses to shut down the adult section and claims that they’re helping stop sex trafficking. They could stop a lot more by shutting down the adult section but then they’re precious outdated print media business would be in danger of going bankrupt.

Atlanta backpage child pimp sentenced

 Demetrius Darnell Homer

Demetrius Darnell Homer

Atlanta man arrested, pregnant teen forced to work as prostitute:

Atlanta Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of Minors:

Atlanta has had a child prostitution problem for a long time now. Former mayor Shirley Franklin even admitted as much in her campaign to try to rid Atlanta of the problem. Now there’s one less child pimp on the streets of the city of Peaches.

30-year-old Demetrius Darnell Homer, aka “Cateye”, was sentenced this week to twenty years in federal prison for prostituting underage girls on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

One of the girls he turned out was 14-years-old who he not only impregnated but would beat her and use a TASER on her to get her to work.

He’s also been ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $63K, which is nowhere near enough that she deserves, and he’ll have a lifetime of supervised release.

Is this the freedom of speech that you’re standing up for Village Voice Media? The freedom for pimps to beat their underage slaves into working while they’re pregnant?

I’m old enough to remember when the Village Voice would stand up for those who couldn’t defend themselves. Now all they care about is the money they’re making the backs off of these child sex slaves that are advertised in their publications and on their websites.

Pair indicted in Georgia for craigslist and backpage human trafficking

Mustafa and Wallace

Mustafa and Wallace

Pair accused of enslaving women for prostitution:

Pair Indicted On Federal Sex Trafficking Charges:

Lately I’ve been getting mail and comments from people telling me to mind my own business and stop interfering in the business of ‘consenting adults’. Again I would say that the majority of these adults are far from consenting.

For example Solomon Manasseh Mustafa, 37, and Kalandra Annette Wallace, 24, have been federally indicted on kidnapping and sex trafficking charges in Atlanta. Investigators say that the pair recruited women into prostitution on backpage and craigslist. They allegedly lured the women by saying it would be a ‘family like’ atmosphere. By family like they must have meant Manson Family like.

The women soon learned that meant being beaten, raped and handcuffed if they resisted selling sex or decided to leave the Mustafa-Wallace family, said First Assistant U.S. Attorney John Horn. The five women were also trafficked to neighboring states.

One of the women escaped from the pair by tying bed sheets together and climbing down from an apartment she was being held. In case you didn’t know consenting adults don’t try to escape their bosses movie prison break style. some of the women also claim they were held in closets and had their eyes and wrists bound in duct tape and were repeatedly raped.

Mustafa is also accused of recruiting a 14-year-old runaway girl before letting her go. That’s neither consenting nor an adult.

also I know I don’t need to mention it again but I will. Craigslist and backpage are still in dire need of moderation if they want to be serious about sexual slavery and human trafficking but it’s obvious their not.

UPDATE 7/22/2012: Mustafa was convicted and is looking at a life sentence.

CBS Atlanta interviews backpage call girl


Normally I don’t like to post an article word for word. I find it to be tacky and lacking in creativity. However the following article needs to speak for itself.

CBS Atlanta interviewed a backpage call girl who they call Susan. This is what she had to say about the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

Susan advertises her services on Backpage.com. She said Backpage is now the premier site for its adult services section since Craigslists took down its adult services.

Susan believes Backpage helps promote the prostitution of teenagers.

“So many of the younger girls are on there. They are taken from homes. They are probably working for a pimp,” said Susan.

Susan said Backpage does not do enough to screen women who post ads on its site.

“You just sign up online. You set up an email account. After you setup an email account, they just ask for a particular number to make sure your number works,” said Susan.

Susan said other sites that offer adult services check and verify your identification to make sure the girls who post ads are 18 or older.

“Those websites are $200 to post. Backpage is $10 to post and you don’ t need all that information. It makes it easier for pimps or young girls to get on the site,” said Susan.

Even though it will affect her business, Susan believes Backpage should shut down its adult services.

Now lets hear what a spokesweasel for backpage had to say…

CBS Atlanta contacted Backpage in reference to our story. We received this statement from Steve Suskin:

“Backpage.com is committed to preventing those who are intent on misusing the site for illegal purposes. Even one case of teenage prostitution is one too many. For that reason, Backpage.com works closely with law enforcement agencies in helping them bring these perpetrators to justice. We have also just completed a thorough review of the site and have implemented several new safety measures in the past weeks. These include:

The review of all new ads and images in the personals and adult sections of the site
The implementation of keyword searches to quickly identify possible illegal advertising
A new content policy that prohibits nudity of any kind across the site
The blocking of HTML ads posted on other sites to prevent the linking of ads that violate our site usage policy
Enlisting the help of child safety experts to help craft further safety strategies

Yet when I went to the adult section of backpage I still found numerous amounts of ads that were obviously for prostitution. The ‘escort’ section is still not and has not been ‘under review’. More backpage lip service.

If a dumbass like me can see that they’re repeating the same mistakes that craigslist made and making a few original mistakes you think someone at Village Voice Media would pick up on this yet here we are.

Shut it down backpage. It’s your only option.