Death Sentence upheld in Ohio craigslist killings

Death Sentence upheld in Ohio craigslist killings

Richard Beasley

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Richard Beasely was sentenced to death. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t been executed yet. If Ohio doesn’t impose a moratorium on the death penalty, I give him about another 15 years before his date with the needle.

In case you may not remember Richard Beasley, he concocted a plot where men would be lured to Ohio for a phony farm job Beasley posted on craigslist. Three me were shot and killed by Beasley after responding to the ad. Those men were Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern. A fourth man, Scott Davis, was able to escape from Beasley’s attack.

Beasley also employed a teenage henchman by the name of Brogan Rafferty who helped Beasley dispose of their victims’ bodies. The pair would split any ill-gotten gain they were able to claim from their victims. Rafferty was tried as an adult and sentenced to life without parole.

Beasley was attempting to steal the men’s identities, probably because he was already facing criminal charges for drug and human trafficking.

This past week, the Ohio State Supreme Court upheld Beasley’s death sentence. Beasley’s defense argued there were errors in the trial which should cause a new trial. However, not only did the Ohio Supreme Court vote unanimously that Beasley’s conviction should stand, but the court also voted 6-1 that the Beasley’s death sentence should remain. The only thing more perfect than that in Ohio was the Cleveland Browns 0-16 season last year.

But again, as is the problem with most death penalty cases, Beasley will probably never get the justice he truly deserves. While Beasley can file appeal after appeal, Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern can’t appeal their death sentences and they didn’t even commit any crime.

Indy man dies a month after craigslist/OfferUp shooting

Indy man dies a month after craigslist/OfferUp shooting

Back in January, 40-year-old Chad Laplante and a friend went to buy a video game system off of either OfferUp or craigslist. The pair was instead lured to a robbery where Mr. Laplante was shot. He spent close to a month in the hospital before finally succumbing to his injuries.

According to Laplante’s family

“He got a fungus because he laid open too long in the hospital. He had eight surgeries, three heart attacks and three failures of life.

The suspects are still at large and police are asking for the public’s help.

If you have information that could help investigators in the Laplante case, contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (317) 262-TIPS. If your confidential tip leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00. If authorities confiscate a weapon during the arrest, the reward would increase by hundreds of dollars.

I know I sound like a broken record, kids, ask your parents, but the old rules don’t apply anymore. You can go to meet someone off of craigslist or OfferUp in public and with a friend and still end up dead. My advice is to not use either platform, but if you insist on doing so, meet the other person at your local police station. While it’s not a guarantee of safety, it’s better than just meeting someone on the street.

Suspect in Ga. OfferUp murder apprehended

Suspect in Ga. OfferUp murder apprehended

Quantavious Poole

I originally posted about the murder of Larry Stewart here. He was a 24-year-old man who was shot and killed in East Point, Georgia while trying to sell a Playstation through classifieds app OfferUp.

A suspect named as 21-year-old Quantavious Poole has recently surrendered to police.

The meeting itself took place in the stairwell of an apartment which sounds like it was pretty hidden from public view. If you insist on meeting someone from OfferUp or any other classifieds site or app, please meet them at a local police department. While it’s not a guarantee of your safety, it sure does go a long way in dissuading criminals from trying to harm you.

2 dead after OfferUp shootout in Texas

2 dead after OfferUp shootout in Texas

I’ve never liked the stories in the media when someone finds their stolen stuff on craigslist and then takes it back from the thief. Usually, the police aren’t involved and untrained people are dealing with potentially dangerous criminals. Sadly, that is what happened in Garland, Texas, a couple of weeks ago.

26-year-old Michael Ryan Love was said to have found his stolen camera equipment on OfferUp. When he approached the seller he took a number of people with him. The seller returned the camera to him but an argument ensued and a shootout followed leaving Love and another man dead.

Both craigslist and OfferUp are notorious for thieves trying to sell stolen goods on their platforms. If something of yours is stolen in any kind of burglary it’s a great idea to look on these platforms for your items. However, under no circumstances should you approach these thieves on your own. Always notify your local law enforcement. They may not work at the speed you wish they would. They may not even be able to get your stuff back, but no gadget or bicycle or any other material good is worth putting your life in mortal danger.

Wichita man shot during OfferUp robbery

Wichita man shot during OfferUp robbery

A 19-year-old man from Wichita, Kansas, was shot in the shoulder recently during an OfferUp sale of shoes. Two men are said to have driven up to the victim’s home and the victim got in the men’s car. After money was exchanged one of the suspects drew a gun in a robbery attempt. In the ensuing struggle, the victim was shot in the shoulder. He was able to escape and call 911. His injuries were said to be minor, as far as being shot goes. Police say they have identified the suspects and are currently searching for them.

Outside of using OfferUp in the first place, the victim made two grave mistakes with his transaction. The first was allowing the suspects to come to his home. The second mistake was getting in the car with the two men.

If you insist on using an app like OfferUp, always make the transaction at your local police departments. Hardly a day goes by where some police station in the country is opening some form of safe zone for these kind of transactions.

(Sources)
KAKE
Wichita Eagle

Snapchat sex robbery turns into shooting

Snapchat sex robbery turns into shooting

David A. Williams

20-year-old David A. Williams of Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested for allegedly robbing and carjacking a man in Independence, Missouri, and shooting his 15-year-old accomplice. Police say that the victim set up a hook-up on Snapchat, but when the victim arrived at the meeting place Williams was said to have robbed the victim with the help of the 15-year-old girl who the victim supposedly set up the date with. However, when the victim tried to flee, Williams opened fire but instead of hitting his victim he hit his accomplice instead, striking her in the arm and leg.

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Back in the MySpace days when these robberies happened, I used to say ‘The hot girl from MySpace really doesn’t want you.’ That still stands even today, just replace MySpace with your social media of choice.

While I’m glad this guy was caught, I’m curious if the victim was aware the girl was 15 before the meeting. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard of someone trying to rob or blackmail a creeper thinking they wouldn’t go to police.

Classifieds crime blotter 12/7/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/7/2017

Cloned iPhone X costs Chandler couple big:
Arizona. OfferUp. Knock off iPhones being sold online are actually Android phones. You can read more about it here as well.

Police: Teens shot attempting to steal during meetup to buy jewelry:
San Antonio, Texas. OfferUp. They’ll live.

Rural Brandon man arrested for apartment rental scam:
Iowa. 43-year-old Gregory Todd Selken is charged with allegedly renting an apartment he didn’t own on craigslist.

Man accused of sex trafficking girls out of a motel:
21-year-old Elijah Teel of San Antonio allegedly prostituted an underage girl on Backpage.

Man shot during Garfield Heights robbery arranged through OfferUp, police say:
Ohio. OfferUp. Victim shot in the hand.

Newark man falls victim to $3,400 Craigslist scam:
Delaware. Scammers used fake account on app to electronically transfer money to the victim. Probably Venmo if I had to guess.

Craigslist renters rent the same home:
Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michael Alan Hite accused of allegedly renting out a home he didn’t own to several people.

Police: Teens rob man during online marketplace exchange:
Flint, Michigan. Man robbed of Apple Watch during LetGo exchange.

Two teens accused of beating man with crowbar during robbery:
Columbus, Ohio. OfferUp.

Classifieds crime blotter 12/6/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/6/2017

Trial Date Set For Couple Who Allegedly Sold Baby:
Greenville, Tennessee. Deanna Lynn Greer, 38, and John David Cain, 27, are accused of allegedly trying to see an infant on craigslist back in March.

CSU Police report series of fraudulent checks, scams:
Colorado State University, Craigslist, Fake Check Scam.

Man shot by brothers while trying to sell PlayStation in Arlington, police say”
Texas. Man allegedly shot by Bryan Arriaga, 18, and Steven Arriaga, 20, while trying to sell his Playstation on OfferUp. Charges of attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery have been filed. The victim is recovering.

Tottenville woman acting as a real estate agent accused of ripping off potential tenants:
Staten Island, New York. Caryn Celestina, 61, is accused of allegedly running a craigslist rental scam.

Lakewood woman loses $8,000 Rolex watch to con artist in Craigslist scam:
Colorado. Scam artist switched $8000 in cash with a stack of singles.

School Crime Blotter 12/6/2017

School Threat Crime Blotter 12/6/2017

Teen Girls Arrested for School Threats Inspired by ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ Police Say
Piqua High School, Piqua, Ohio.

Hamilton West student threatens shooting on social media:
Hamilton West High School, Hamilton, New Jersey. Threat was not credible.

Marana Unified issues statement on school shooting threat:
Marana, Arizona. Graffiti threatening school shooting found in Marana Middle School. Threat unsubstantiated.

Shooting threats made on social media toward schools in Maspeth & Middle Village under investigation:
School shooting threats made on social media towards schools in the Queens, New York neighborhoods of Maspeth, Miiddle Village and Elmhurst.

Warning of school shooting on bathroom wall causes lockout at Largo High:
Largo, Florida. Threat posted to social media. Investigation is ongoing.

NOT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

21-year-old Nicholas O’Connor shot the security cameras at Booksin Elementary School in San Jose, California, while school was not in session. Disturbing, but not a school shooting.

Two students were shot and wounded outside Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham, Washington. Police believe the shooting may be gang related. Not a school shooting.

Arrests made in California LetGo murder

Arrest made in California LetGo murder

Fortune and Patton

I originally posted about the murder of Daniel Carlos here. The 32-year-old father and husband was shot and killed in a San Leandro, California, parking lot after trying to sell his iPhone to someone from LetGo. Now, arrests have been made in Mr. Carlos’ murder.

18-year-olds Marcus Fortune and Jason Patton have been arrested and charged with Mr. Carlos’ murder. Fortune is believe to have allegedly pulled the trigger while Patton was the driver. Fortune is even said to have admitted to his involvement in the crime although that is not a guilty plea. He says that this was supposed to be a ‘take and go’.

Again, this crime took place in a public place in broad daylight and Mr. Carlos was still killed for something as minor as an iPhone. The old rules no longer apply as criminals are willing to take any number of lives in order to get whatever shiny trinket is being offered up. Use your local police station to complete any transaction of this nature.