41-year-old Bobby Joseph Brown, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is accused of allegedly raping a woman he met through craigslist. In early April, Brown is said to have met with a woman from craigslist for a ‘sexual encounter’. The woman reportedly changed her mind which caused Brown to produce a gun and say that he was a cop. He then raped the woman multiple times in his apartment.
In late April, Brown is said to have met with another woman through craigslist’s casual encounters section and tried the same trick, but this time his victim escaped. While I can’t say this with 100% certainty, considering Brown claimed to be a cop, it leads me to believe these women may have been prostitutes. However, that doesn’t matter when it comes to a crime like rape. No woman ever deserves that nightmare. Rightfully, Brown is currently being held without bail.
This story does show one thing though, prostitution is still alive and well on craigslist, except now it’s in the casual encounters section. Much like the prostitution on Backpage has moved to the personals section. It also shows predators and rapists are still using craigslist as their own personal victim menu. Yet craigslist continues to spend zero dollars on moderating illegal content on their site which could prevent any number of these crimes.
The ad was entitled “Daddy Daughter Role Play” and was not very subtle as to what he wanted.
The ad read in part, “Daddy knows you’ve been a naughty girl. I looked at your computer today and saw all the naked pictures of boys. I’m going to tell Mommy unless you do something for me?? Would you like to play?”
He then started communicating with Aurora police, who were posing as a 12-year-old girl who responded to his ad.
Vashaw: “HI, How old are you?”
Undercover female: “I’m almost 13 … totally understand if ur not cool with that …”
Vashaw: “Wow. That’s so hot.”
Undercover female: “Really.”
Vashaw: “Yes Really. But I don’t want to get in trouble. But I would like to know more.”
When he was arrested, Vashaw claimed that this was absolutely, scout’s honor, the very first time he had tried something like this. His ad sure as hell doesn’t sound like someone who was doing this for the first time. He’s looking at two years in county lockup when he is sentenced at the end of June.
Again, for every craigslist creeper that is caught by police before they can hurt a child, there are scores more out there who are not being caught. If craigslist were to actually spend some of the millions of dollars they make into moderating their ads, just think about how many children could be saved. Instead, pedophiles and sex offenders are using craigslist as their own personal Amazon for children.
19-year-old Brian Brown was shot and killed this week after trying to sell a Playstation on craigslist. Brian went to the meeting place in North Miami Beach, Florida, but instead of meeting a buyer, he was shot in the back three times and died from his injuries. This happened during the middle of the afternoon in a very public spot. Sadly, Brian was a kid who had everything going for him in life before it was tragically and selfishly cut short. He had received a football scholarship to a college in California that he’ll unfortunately never get to use.
So far, no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 305-471-2400 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.
As I’ve said before, the old rules don’t apply anymore. Craigslist criminals don’t care anymore if it’s the middle of the day or if it’s in front of a crowd of people. They’ve shown time and time again they’ll do whatever it takes just to make a few lousy bucks. Think about it for a second. Someone killed this bright kid who was full of potential just to steal a video game console they probably could have gotten for couple of hundred bucks at a pawn shop. I hope justice is swift and unforgiving toward those who committed this heinous crime.
My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the friends and family of Brian Brown.
40-year-old Mark Trabucco, of Clay, New York, was a principal at a nearby middle school. He’s accused of allegedly using Snapch….hang on a sec…craigslist to have sexual contact with an underage girl. Sorry, when it comes to teachers, I start to type out Snapchat by force of habit.
There’s not as many details as I like, however, from what I can gather, Trabucco responded to a craigslist ad that was supposedly placed by the girl. Trabucco is said to have used this ad to arrange a meeting with the girl where they reportedly engaged in sexual contact. To further clarify, Trabucco was charged with two counts of a criminal sex act in the 3rd degree. According to a brief Google search, under New York state law, no person over 21-years of age can have sex with someone who is under the age of 17. The victim is said to have told her parents after the crime was committed.
Personally, I’d like to know what the ad was for, and why it caused Trabucco to allegedly proceed the way he did.
Lastly, the girl was not a student of his school. Well of course she wasn’t. Then he would have used Snapchat.
43-year-old David Wayne Phelps of Louisville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the commonwealth of Kentucky to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. In non-Kentucky law-speak, Phelps placed a craigslist ad that not only said “looking for young white girl younger the better”, but it also mentioned he wanted a “daughter that needed spoiling”. Phelps is on the sex offender registry for a 2008 conviction that involved two minors. Phelps was not supposed to use any kind of electronic communication, including the email address he used for the ad which was firstname.lastname@example.org. Subtle. Instead of finding a ‘daughter’, he was found by the Attorney General Office’s Cyber Crimes Unit who posed as a 15-year-old girl.
We always hear or read the stories of these predators being caught, but for every one we hear of there’s probably more that we don’t hear about where the predator was successful in finding a victim, and craigslist is their playground. It’s well past time that craigslist started to monitor their site to rid it of the predatory filth that dwell there.
Once again, even criminals aren’t safe when using craigslist. In Austin, Texas, 26-year-old Cutberto Moran-Ayala was killed in a shootout with three men from Chicago. Moran-Ayala advertised weed for sale on craigslist and when he arrived for the sale he was greeted by 22-year-old Savon Galloway who allegedly stuck a gun in the dealer’s face. The two exchanged fire along with 22-year-old Akeem Bradford who was with Galloway. Also arrested was 19-year-old Christopher Hamilton. All three have been charged with capital murder. Considering this is Texas we’re talking about, capital murder charges often lead to capital punishment.
No honor among thieves and dealers, I guess.
Maybe if craigslist actually moderated their ads, maybe Moran-Ayala would still be alive. While illegal activity may attract other illegal activity, very few people deserve to be gunned down like that.
40-year-old Jonathan L. Petitta, of Largo, Florida, is accused of allegedly posting an ad on craigslist looking for a daughter. I would imagine he was not looking to start the adoption process. Local police posed as a 14-year-old girl when responding to the ad and they say Petitta sent numerous “graphic and very sexually explicit” text messages and was well aware of the ‘girl’s’ age.
Police believe this may not have been his first contact with a minor.
Police ask anyone who may have been in contact with Petitta to call Detective Moore at 727-587-6730.
Once again craigslist leaves its community policing to the actual police. Heaven forfend they should actually spend the money to hire some moderators.
Two men allegedly tried to rob two other men during a craigslist deal in Houston, Texas. The suspects posed as buyers and when they tried to rob the sellers, this being Texas and all, one of the sellers opened fire in what they claim was self-defense. One of the robbery suspects was killed while the other was taken to the hospital. So far no charges have been filed against the man with the gun.
While I wouldn’t count a criminal on my list of craigslist killing victims, it does go to show that even criminals aren’t safe when it comes to using craigslist.
37-year-old Jason Wilt of White Oak, Pennsylvania, is accused of allegedly posing as a breast augmentation specialist in order to assault a woman. Wilt called himself Dr. J. Jones and replied to a woman’s ad on craigslist looking for breast augmentation in exchange for modeling before and after photos, because that’s totally how plastic surgeons get paid. Police say this led to Wilt going to woman’s Pittsburgh home where Wilt asked her to undress before he conducted an ‘exam’. The victim found out later that Dr. Jones may be a fraud when he texted her a pic of his junk. An arrest warrant has been issued for Wilt but so far he has not been apprehended.
I really hate to victim blame, but who believes that quality plastic surgeons are on craigslist and they make house calls? Even if there was a plastic surgeon who made house calls on craigslist, he’d probably have the same medical capabilities of this guy…
The woman is lucky that she was only felt up and not more violently assaulted as the fake doctor scam is not a new one. The sad part is people keep falling for it. A lot of craigslist crimes could be prevented if people would use just a hint of common sense.