Another craigslist creeper who wanted daddy/daughter sex

Another craigslist creeper who wanted daddy/daughter sex
Terry Crawford

(Story broke 5/12/2017)

Terry Crawford, age unknown, of Cobb County, Georgia, was arrested for allegedly seeking sex with underage girls on craigslist. Not only did Crawford’s craigslist ad reportedly ask for daddy/daughter sex, but also claimed he wanted “young, young girls who wanted to get pregnant”.

Police reportedly posed as a 13-year-old girl and messaged Crawford only with the word ‘hi’, which eventually led to explicit messages from Crawford including pictures of his junk.

He’s also out on bond, so have fun with that Georgia.

Sadly this is all too common on craigslist and as I’ve said before, if it’s common, then there are people who are finding children on craigslist and they’re not being caught. If craigslist even cared, they would moderate their site for obvious illegal ads like this that violate their own terms of service. Instead, they’ll just use it as a method to drive traffic to their site.

Attentive mom busts sneaker creeper on Instagram

Attentive mom busts sneaker creeper on Instagram
Mohamed El-Saawy

(Story broke 5/3/2017)

62-year-old Mohamed El-Saawy of Johns Creek, Georgia, was arrested for allegedly trying to lure a 14-year-old boy by promising him high-end shoes through Instagram. The way he was caught was a thing of beauty, if the word beauty can be used in this instance.

The 14-year-old boy was using his mom’s phone for Instagram because his phone was broken. The mom reviewed his Instagram activity and was able to arrange a meeting with El-Saawy that just so happened to involve police. The mom also has some great advice for parents…

“Be vigilant,” she said. “It’s not invading their privacy. It’s making sure that they stay safe.”

In other words, be their parent.

Trio accused of prostituting pregnant teen on Backpage

Trio accused of prostituting pregnant teen on Backpage

(Story broke 6/23/2017)

Three people were arrested in Acworth, Georgia, recently for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. If that wasn’t bad enough, the girl was also 23 1/2 weeks pregnant at the time of her alleged traffickers’ arrests. Police say that there could be additional arrests.

The article I linked to from WSB in Atlanta didn’t mention the suspects’ names, but from the video it sounds like they are Amanda Beck, Joanne Grindel, and, I kid you not, Cross Beaver. I have no idea if any of their names have been spelled correctly.

Suspect names aside, this is just one more travesty to add to the unending list of travesties that have been perpetrated through the pages of Backpage. Sex trafficking is still taking place on their website no matter how many times they cry censorship, which means Backpage is still making money from the pimps and traffickers who use violence and force as their tools to sell women and children over and over again.

It is an embarrassment to our society that more people aren’t outraged about this.

Georgia middle school teacher accused of being Snapchat sleaze

Georgia middle school teacher accused of being Snapchat sleaze
Joseph John Scalise Jr.

(Story broke 6/13/2017)

I swear I’m not cherry picking these stories. If I get a Snapchat story about someone who’s not a teacher I promise I’ll post it. Until then…

46-year-old Joseph John Scalise Jr. of Harlem, Georgia, was arrested for allegedly soliciting a 14-year-old girl for explicit pics on Snapchat. Scalise is a middle school teacher, but I have not read if the victim is a student of the school or not. Sclaise has been suspended by the school board pending the outcome of the investigation and trial.

In my last post, I asked why are there an inordinate amount of teachers preying on students and children through Snapchat. My editor and proofreader, Lady Gray, supposes predators like this purposely try to obtain positions where they can work closely with children. I can’t say that’s not a valid hypothesis.

Two dead in craigslist-type killing in Georgia

Two dead in craigslist-type killing in Georgia

Two men in their 20s were shot and killed on Monday in Walton County, Georgia, after what the local sheriff called a “Craigslist-type situation”. The site or app used has not been made public yet, but this is another online-fueled robbery turned murder that has happened in Georgia in so many weeks.

The victims have yet to be identified, however, a 16-year-old has been apprehended but another suspect is still at large. The local sheriff is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the apprehension of the suspect.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

UPDATE from 5/24/2017: The 16-year-old suspect has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Two men charged in Georgia’s latest craigslist killing

Two men charged in Georgia's latest craigslist killing
Brooks and Scott

Last Monday afternoon, 26-year-old Mezaio Pickett was shot and killed in a restaurant parking lot in Smyrna, Georgia. Local news outlets reported the killing was related to a craigslist deal gone wrong. I did not see any word on if this was a robbery planned from the start, or what item the deal may have involved. Pickett’s alleged assailants remained at large for two days before police arrested 22-year-olds Damien Akeen Scott and Vincent Diandrez Brooks. Both have been charged with homicide-murder and aggravated assault.

Sadly, the Peach State of Georgia is not unfamiliar with craigslist killings and other crimes. While the most high-profile one was the murder of elderly couple Bud and June Runion, there has also been the recent disappearance of Vicente Cruz, and the murder of 51-year-old Sam Norman who was using the classifieds app LetGo.

When dealing with people from craigslist, the old rules no longer apply. It isn’t just enough to meet someone in public. Too many people have been hurt for this to be a viable form of business anymore. Most articles state the best way to complete these transactions safely is to meet at a police station, but how much longer will it be before a robbery is even attempted there? That’s not even counting the less than legitimate transactions that have led to violence. With such a low barrier of entry and the perceived notion of anonymity it gives its users, craigslist is just a bad deal all around.
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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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Two suspects arrested in LetGo murder of Georgia man

Two suspects arrested in LetGo murder of Georgia man
Cicero Smith

I originally posted about the murder of 51-year-old Sam Norman here. Mr. Norman was shot and killed in DeKalb County, Georgia, earlier this month after going to meet someone he thought was selling a drone on the mobile marketplace app LetGo.

Yesterday, DeKalb County police announced that they had made an arrest but did not release any information about it. Today, it was announced that two suspects have been arrested for Mr. Norman’s murder. The suspects are 18-year-old Cicero Smith and an unnamed 15-year-old juvenile. Investigators were able to subpoena the user information from LetGo which led them to Smith. A search of Smith’s home is said to have turned up drone parts that were used in the ad. Smith is also believed to have shot Mr. Norman in the chest. Mr. Norman was said to have given pursuit in his vehicle before succumbing to his injuries. No word yet on if the juvenile will be charged as an adult.

As free apps like these become more prolific, and as more people ignore the safety issues, we will only see more bloodshed. Much like craigslist, since the barrier of entry to these apps is nil, it’s an easy allure for criminals looking to make a quick buck through robbery. However, hopefully the fact that LetGo assisted police in finding the suspect will let criminals know that they can be found.

Ga. father killed after going to meet a seller from LetGo

Ga. father killed after going to meet a seller from LetGo

51-year-old Sam Norman was shot to death last week in DeKalb County, Georgia, after planning to meet someone who claimed to be selling a drone on the LetGo app. If you haven’t seen their commercials, LetGo is a craigslist competitor in app form. Mr. Norman went to meet someone who was purportedly selling a drone, instead Mr. Norman was found in his truck having been shot to death.

Police are still searching for Mr. Norman’s killer and has been described by a witness as a man wearing a white T-shirt and a black hat. Investigators are combing LetGo for any possible leads.

Just because apps like LetGo and 5miles look slick and professional, and aren’t craigslist, doesn’t mean that the old rules don’t apply anymore. Meet during the day somewhere that is as public as possible, preferably at your local police station. Once some new facet of technology comes along, it doesn’t take very long for criminals to try to take advantage of it. Unfortunately, that sometimes can cost someone their life.

UPDATE 3/13/2017: An arrest has been made in Mr. Norman’s murder, however DeKalb County police have not released the alleged suspect’s name.

Ga. suspect accused of Backpage murder of pregnant woman

Ga. suspect accused of Backpage murder of pregnant woman
Terique Dwayne Hall

24-year-old Terique Dwayne Hall of Atlanta has been charged with the murder of 20-year-old Ashley Mays, in DeKalb County, Georgia. Hall allegedly murdered Ms. Mays by smothering her with a pillow after zip tying her hands and feet. Ms. Mays was also nine months pregnant and the baby did not survive either.

Hall met Ms. Mays through Backpage where she was being advertised as an escort. This allowed Hall to allegedly gain access to Mays’ home where he is said to have assaulted and killed her.

Once again, Backpage would have you believe that this is what constitutes free speech. Not only that but this is yet another example of where Backpage is not protecting sex workers. This man was able to enter his victim’s home through Backpage. That doesn’t sound like safety to me.

UPDATE 12/16/2016: As it turns out, Hall is an alleged serial rapist and on top of that he allegedly tried to film himself murdering his victim, Ashley Mays.

In case you were wondering, Georgia does have the death penalty, I believe this would be considered a capital crime, and the state does use it liberally.