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Police say CT craigslist killing was an organized hit

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I originally posted about the shooting murder of Jesus Silva here. He was shot to death in New Britain, Connecticut, after responding to a craigslist ad for a car he was selling. Jesus Sierra, Joel Jaquez, and Idaliz Zavala-Burgos have been charged with his murder. Before I said that I did not have any information on the motive for the murder but now new warrants have been released that allege what the motive was.

Investigators believe that Silva was involved in the drug trade and was ordered to be executed after he allegedly came up short with the money he owed his supplier. So far it is unknown if the supplier is going to be charged. Silva was also said to have brokered car sales frequently and it appears that his assailants used that information to lure him to his death.

Murders have been solicited for on craigslist many times before but this is the first time I’ve heard of a victim of a contact killing being lured to his death through the online classifieds site. It seems that criminals of all forms have some kind of use for craigslist.

December murder of CT man may be a craigslist killing

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On December 30th of 2014 Jesus Silva of Meriden, Connecticut, was found shot to death in his car on the streets of New Britain, CT. Since his murder police have arrested Jesus Sierra, Joel Jaquez, and Idaliz Zavala-Burgos, all of Springfield, Mass., and have charged them with Silva’s murder.

Today in a court hearing it was revealed that the murder may have been a craigslist killing. Mr. Silva had an ad on craigslist selling his car. His family said that he was in phone contact with someone about his car the night of his death and police say records indicate that he was allegedly speaking to Sierra.

No word yet if the motive was robbery or something more sinister. I’ll post additional details as they become available.

Connecticut craigslist creeper blackmails boy

Steven Turner

Steven Turner

20-year-old Steven Turner of New Britain, Connecticut, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy that he met through craigslist. As much as some people like to believe that teenagers aren’t posting ads on craigslist the victim in this case did. Not only did Turner allegedly sexually assault the boy but he is also said to have blackmailed the victim into giving him money and jewelry to keep silent about the matter.

Police departments can offer all the space they want for people to feel safe while transacting business through craigslist but something like this can’t be prevented unless parents make sure their kids are staying off of craigslist. Craigslist sure isn’t looking out for your kids after all.

Another school employee another Snapchat arrest

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Again I’m left asking what is it with school teachers and coaches and Snapchat? This time 57-year-old Jeffrey M. Sirois has been arrested for allegedly sending a video of himself cranking it on Snapchat to a number of teens. Sirois was a girls soccer coach for a high school in Storrs, Connecticut and yes the video is said to have gone to some of the girls on his team.

Sirois claims that he meant to send the video to his girlfriend but accidentally sent it to some of the members of his team. I’m sorry but that’s not much better. No teacher or coach should ever be friends with their students or players on Snapchat. I can’t be the only one who thinks that is inappropriate. There’s a myriad of ways for faculty to get in touch with students these days, the disappearing picture app isn’t supposed to be one of them.

Arrest made in year old Connecticut Craigslist Killing

Rashad Moon

Rashad Moon

I originally posted about the murder of Felix DeJesus here. The 39-year-old father of two was gunned down in 2013 while still in his car in Hartford, Connecticut. He was selling a tablet computer and went to meet the seller since the seller said they didn’t own a car. A year passed without an arrest being made although police had a person of interest.

That person of interest may now be a suspect as Hartford police have arrested 22-year-old Rashad Moon and charged him with DeJesus’ murder.

While a lot of transactions take place through craigslist with no incident in my opinion there’s enough that end in tragedy that cause me not to use Craigslist. To me it seems like a game of Russian Roulette anytime someone uses craigslist for no matter what purpose. Eventually someone is going to get the bullet.

UPDATE 6/30/2014: Hartford police have arrested a 2nd suspect in 20-year-old Marvin Mathis. It’s unclear at present what Mathis’ alleged role was in the murder of Felix DeJesus.

Marvin Mathis

Marvin Mathis

UPDATE 12/1/2016: Moon is currently under trial and is believed to have allegedly taken advantage of a mentally diminished Mathis into committing the crime. Moon is facing charges of felony murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.

UPDATE 12/8/2016: Moon has been convicted of felony murder and robbery. He’s looking at 60 years at his sentencing in February.

UPDATE 2/2/2017: Moon was sentenced to 49 years in prison.

Still no arrest in Connecticut craigslist killing

Family frustrated after no arrests in Craigslist murder:

Murder victim Felix DeJesus

Murder victim Felix DeJesus

How sad is it that a craigslist murder took place and it escaped my attention. I probably got it mixed up with one of the other several dozen. What’s even more sad that in that time no one has been brought to justice for the death of Felix DeJesus.

Felix DeJesus, of Hartford, Connecticut, was engaged to be married and a father of two young children. Her was selling two tablet computers on craigslist. Normally he would meet the buyers in public but this buyer said that he didn’t have a car so Felix felt sorry for him according to his fiance and the mother of his children. Sounds like a genuinely nice guy. Unfortunately someone took advantage of Felix’s big heart.

Felix was shot and killed while still sitting in his car. Hartford police have a person of interest but no arrest has been made in the year since Felix’s murder. Hopefully it’s just a case of the police dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s. I hope that Felix’s killer is brought to justice soon.

If you’re selling something on craigslist I would advise you not to. If you decide to anyway I would recommend meeting the buyer at the local police station. That should weed out a lot of potential threats.

Scott Shefelbine appeal for new trial denied again

Tolland Sex Offender Loses Appeal:

Scott Shefelbine

Scott Shefelbine

The most prolific sex offender in the MySpace era, in my opinion, is back in the news again. Scott Shefelbine was arrested over a dozen times for charges relating to MySpace and underage girls. I think you can connect the dots. Each time his parents would pst his bail including putting up their home and business. Eventually a judge got smart to Shefelbine’s habit and revoked his bond.

Back in 2008 Shelfelbine entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 20 years back in 2008. Since that time he’s been trying to have his guilty plea withdrawn. He had an appeal for new trial rejected once before in 2012. 2014 was no different as Shefelbine had his appeal new trial rejected once more.

Considering this is a guy who would search for new victims even after he was arrested he should consider himself lucky that he got a 20 year plea deal. Come on Scoot, you only have 14 years left. Stick it out like trooper won’t you?

Back in the day I was hoping he would have gone to trial because he was looking at a life sentence.

Your latest Kik Kreepers

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In Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, investigators there have arrested 27-year-old Melvin Rivera Gonzalez for allegedly using messaging app Kik to solicit sex from a 15-year-old girl. That girl turned out to be a federal investigator. The middle school he worked for reported him for allegedly using Kik to lure a student.

In Glastonbury, Connecticut, police there arrested 24-year-old Mijael Fabian for allegedly using Kik to communicate with a 12-year-old girl. Unfortunately in this case police weren’t involved until it was too late. Fabian is accused of meeting with the girl and having ‘inappropriate sexual contact’. As opposed to appropriate sexual contact with a 12-year-old. Fabian wasn’t caught until the victim’s mother found explicit photos on her daughter’s cell phone.

As I’ve said previously to parents, I would recommend checking your kids’ phones for apps like Kik. It’s up to you what to do if you do find them but it my opinion no 12-year-old should have any kind of messaging apps on their phone. If it was my child they wouldn’t be allowed to download any app without my say so.

Did you know that predators attack through social media?

Edwin Arpi

Edwin Arpi

Predators attack via social media:

There’s your no shit Sherlock headline of the year. This article is not about how sexual predators in general use social media to find their victims. I would think that readers of my site are already well aware of that danger. The article is really about one alleged predator in particular.

Early this past week police in Hamden, Connecticut arrested 21-year-old Edwin Arpi. Arpi is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl that he met online. The article did not state what website was used but Connecticut is no stranger to online predators going back to the heyday of MySpace. The victim says that Arpi assaulted her, choked her and threatened to kill her all in his car.

If your child is online and using social media you have to educate yourself to be smarter than them. Know what sites they’re using. Ask about their online friends. Get their passwords. Check their internet history. Set ground rules and if they’re not followed don’t be afraid to cut them off. Your kids’ safety is more important than their social status among their friends. In other words be their parent and not their buddy.

What woman would submit to a craigslist ‘medical exam’?

David E. Anderson

David E. Anderson

Man accused of recruiting women through Craigslist for fake medical exams:

Salisbury man charged with child porn, secretly taping women:

Cops: Wife uncovered med scam:

44-year-old David E. Anderson of both Salisbury, Mass. and Newtown, Conn. was arrested last month for allegedly luring women on craigslist to submit to his medical exams and secretly recording these violations. In case you were wondering Anderson is not a medical professional.

Investigators say that Anderson would post fliers and ads on craigslist promising women $25-$50 if they would allow themselves to be examined by medical students, but first they would need to undergo a very invasive exam by Anderson. Supposedly Anderson went as far as to purchase legitimate medical equipment to make the ruse seem more authentic. He may have as many as 20 victims for this scam alone spanning several years. This happened in Salisbury, but wait, there’s more.

In Newtown Anderson was arrested in November for allegedly secretly recording his underage female relatives in various states of undress. It doesn’t get much more creepy than that. Also let’s throw in that he’s being charged with having additional child porn on his computer.

Does the majority of the country really have the collected mentality of an 8-year-old where they believe everything online is true? I bet they think they’ll really get that free iPad if they click on the flash ad too.

Use your brains people. Craigslist is filled with nothing but scam artists, thieves and predators. You’d be safer doing business with the mob.