Police say in their arrest report Lamarre got in the back of Brown’s car and was handed a bag containing some weed. Instead of paying for it, it’s alleged Lamarre shot Brown in the back and fled. Lamarre was captured because he left his phone behind and was picked out by Brown’s girlfriend in a photo line up.
Brown’s family is maintaining Brian was not a drug dealer, however, police are saying craigslist was not part of his murder.
Lamarre is said to have confessed to the murder.
Even if Brian Brown was selling weed to Lamarre, his life was still cut short by a lazy and greedy asshole. Lamarre was even said to have had no intention of paying Brown for the weed. So instead he shot Brown in the back over a half-ounce of weed after Brown allegedly tried to take it back. Lamarre allegedly killed Brian Brown just because he didn’t want to pay to get high, and now a man who had a potentially bright future is dead. To me that makes Lamarre one of the lowest forms of criminal.
Lending credence to the theory that predators like to put themselves in positions dealing with children, we have one Roosevelt Miller, age 20. He was an after-school volunteer at a middle school in Plantation, Florida. He was arrested for allegedly trying to pay three underage students for sex.
Miller reportedly went around the school and asked children he found attractive to give him their name and cell phone numbers for a sports program that the school didn’t have. He would then harass these students through either text messaging or the mobile messaging app Kik. He would promise the boys money and trips to Disney World in exchange for sex. He would even go as far as calling one of the boys ‘sexy’, and asking him if he was gay.
When arrested, Miller first tried the ‘it was a joke defense’ but has since signed a handwritten confession where he also supposedly admitted to fondling an underage boy at a bus stop.
It’s getting to the point where you can’t trust anybody in positions that we used to trust people implicitly with our children. While I’m not blaming the internet for creating sex offenders and pedophiles, it sure seems to have emboldened them since the advent of the world wide web.
37-year-old Danny Ray Murphy was a firefighter in Pace, Florida. He was arrested earlier this year for trading child porn on mobile messaging app Kik. This past Wednesday he was found guilty on child porn charges. What was interesting about this story was Murphy’s defense. Murphy’s defense was he was trying to save the boy who was depicted in the explicit images he had been receiving on Kik.
Murphy had received images from a Kik user by the name of ‘lovelilpple’, that were of a 3-year-old boy who was being sexually abused. This ‘lovelilpple’ person, and I use that term as loosely as possible, claimed the boy was in his custody. The man behind the ‘lovelilpple’ screen name was Charles Hoyt McConnell III, of Pensacola, Florida, and he had also been arrested and is awaiting trial.
During Murphy’s trial, he testified he was on Kik because he was bi-curious and wanted to meet other men. When approached by McConnell about child porn, Murphy claims he received the images so he could find McConnell, save the boy, and bring ‘lovelilpple’ to justice. Thankfully, the jury didn’t buy it. This kind of story is just a more elaborate version of when the guys caught during ‘To Catch a Predator’ would say they showed up to teach the child a lesson about internet safety. It seems the more elaborate and outlandish the story, the more guilty a suspect is.
Murphy is looking at 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in late August.
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.
27-year-old Marcus Wilcox of Tampa, Florida, is accused of allegedly soliciting a 12-year-old girl for sex on the gaming and social app Mocospace. Wilcox reportedly first told the girl he was 19 while the girl said she was 14. Then he is said to have told the girl his true age and the girl then told him that she was 12. Wilcox then asked the girl for sex. Thankfully, the 12-year-old girl was actually an investigator for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. When Wilcox’s car was searched police found a tube of ‘personal lubricant’.
I wonder if the Florida Coalition of Pedo-Defenders will rally behind Wilcox. I have no doubt they think this is nothing more than entrapment and a cash grab. It’s actually neither and one more predator is off the streets.
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.
Dane Abdool was convicted for the 2006 murder of his then girlfriend, 17-year-old Amelia Sookdeo. Abdool, who was 20 at the time, was enraged that he thought Amelia was pregnant. So much so that he forced her out of his car onto the side of a Florida country road, doused her in gasoline and set her on fire. After his conviction, Abdool was sentenced to death, and rightly so. He previously tried to get his death sentence overturned claiming that a drug used in Florida’s lethal injection was considered cruel and unusual, which is ironic to say the least.
This isn’t to say that Abdool will necessarily escape the death penalty. It means that the sentencing phase will be sent back to a county court to more than likely hold another sentencing phase. My only hope is that during the new sentencing phase Abdool is once again sentenced to death. His crime was not only barbaric, but it’s unimaginable how the 17-year-old Amelia must have suffered, being bound and set on fire, before finally succumbing to the torture that Abdool inflicted on her. Abdool should consider himself lucky if he only receives lethal injection after what he did to Amelia.
Sadly, I doubt that he’ll be re-sentenced to death. Too many jurors these days lack the fortitude to pull the trigger on the death penalty, so to speak. It’s more likely that the jury will not be unanimous, and it will be an eternity before Abdool receives his ultimate judgment.
In Lake Worth, Florida, 45-year-old Lee Johnson was said to have posted an ad on craigslist looking for a romantic walk on the beach with a woman roughly his same age. By long walks on the beach I meant the ad was allegedly for ‘Taboo sex’, and by roughly the same age I mean the ad allegedly said that he was into “the very young and incest.”
When approached by an undercover investigator from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office posing as a 14-year-old girl, Johnson was said to respond with…
“I kind of wish you was a little younger. My fantasy is 11-12 years old.”
Not surprisingly, Johnson is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2010 on child porn charges.
Not only is this more reason to keep these sex offenders behind bars longer, but it should also be a warning to craigslist to start cleaning up their own yard. When someone puts in one of their ads they’re into incest, it’s a good indicator the ad should probably be moderated, rather than allowing reprobates like this to have an avenue for their perverse pursuits. However, if craigslist wants to continue to be known as the pedophiles’ classifieds of choice, I guess that’s on them.
25-year-old Jordan David Newman, of Panama City, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Before we continue any further, it really shouldn’t be called a sexual relationship but rather child rape, and the age of consent in Florida is 18 for those that need reminding. Reportedly, Newman is also a local EMT who used the fire station to have sex with the girl. Newman is also accused of using photo sharing app Snapchat to exchange sexually explicit pictures and communicate with his victim.
While I tend to mainly post about online predators, the truth is that a child is more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know. That’s not to say that these ‘familiar’ predators still won’t use the same tools as the online predators. Newman is said to be a friend of the girl’s family. Even if that friend is one of your family’s most trusted associates, it’s highly inappropriate for a 25-year-old man to be having Snapchat conversations with a 16-year-old girl. Any decent man should know that.
55-year-old Michael Miller of Arizona was arrested in Miami for allegedly prostituting a woman on Backpage and violently assaulting her. Miller is said to have been romantically involved with the woman in Arizona when he reportedly talked her in to prostituting herself on Backpage. By the time she realized she was just another body to sell for Miller it was already too late.
Miller allegedly choked her and punched her in the face while trafficking her all over the country. He reportedly turned her out at high trafficked events like the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve. While in Miami, the woman said she was too tired to work, but Miller beat her and made her work anyway. Luckily, at one point, the victim was able to contact her family who contacted Miami police who arrested Miller.
Once again, this woman is another victim who supporters of Backpage will tell you doesn’t exist. They’ll try to tell you they don’t know anyone who’s trafficked, and that they don’t know any pimps. I guess this is a woman they didn’t know. More than likely they know a lot of victims like this woman but choose not to care. Women like this are being trafficked all over the country on Backpage. Don’t let anyone try to tell you differently.