Classifieds crime blotter 12/10/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/10/2017

Prostitution bust stemming from internet ads leads to two teens’ rescue from child sex trafficking:
Lexington, South Carolina. India Tykeyeh Cuyler, 23, and Donnell Salethian Woodard, 29, are accused of allegedly coercing two 16-year-old girls into prostitution on Backpage.

Mankato Police Seeking Help In Locating Suspects Involved In Robbery:
Minnesota. Man was robbed while trying to sell a phone on craigslist.

Police find missing St. Louis County teen in online escort ad; pimp pleads guilty:
52-year-old Sean McChord O’Donnell pleaaded guilty to prostituting a missing 15-year-old girl on Backpage in St. Louis. He’s not looking at much of a sentence.

New Castle Man Facing 15 Years In Prison For Child Sex Trafficking:
28-year-old Ronald Kyle Hartman, of New Castle, Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for prostituting a 14-year-old girl on Backpage in both Penn. and Ohio. Hartman also got the girl hooked on heroin.

Woman warns about pet adoption ads after paying $500 for nothing:
Florida woman loses $500 after wiring money out-of-state for a dog on craigslist that doesn’t exist.
1. Don’t ever wire money to people you don’t know.
2. Don’t buy pets on craigslist.
Not only do you have to worry about non-existent pets, but too many puppy mills advertise on craigslist.

Delavan man pleads guilty in child-trafficking case:
22-year-old Octavion L. Keith, of Delavan, Wisconisn, pleaded guilty to prostituting a minor on Backpage. However he claimed that he was babysitting the girl’s siblings so she could make money as a prostitute. Riiiiiiiight.

SC man accused of running victim over in craigslist vigilante killing

SC man accused of running victim over in craigslist vigilante killing

Nowell Harrison Riddle

I can’t stress this enough, if something of yours is stolen through craigslist or shows up on craigslist, report it to the police and let them do their job. As I’ve mentioned previously, the media loves to run stories where people circumvented police in order to get their stolen belongings back, however, if something were to go wrong you could end up in dire straits.

For example, take 31-year-old Nowell Harrison Riddle of Lyman, South Carolina. Mr. Riddle was selling a motorcycle on craigslist. The man posing as the buyer took off with the bike after claiming he was taking it for a test drive. Riddle then reported the theft to Spartanburg County deputies. Things should have ended there, but while Riddle was out in his vehicle he spotted the man on the stolen bike. Riddle called deputies again, but then allegedly took matters into his own hands by running the man down with his car after the alleged bike thief tried to leave the scene. Riddle is said to have killed 36-year-old Steven Russell Ridenour, of Greer, South Carolina, after striking him with his car and dragging him for a short distance. Riddle has also been charged with child endangerment because he had his infant son in the car with him when he is said to have killed Ridenour. Ridenour is said to have died from blunt force trauma to the head.

I don’t care if the guy rode the motorcycle onto your front yard, did donuts and wheelies before flipping you off and driving away. Under no circumstances was lethal force necessary in this situation. Riddle’s intent may not have been to kill Ridenour but that’s what happened and that can’t be changed. Now because of either impatience or uncontrolled anger issues, an infant boy may now have to grow up without his father while he sits in jail. There is no motorcycle worth that.
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Who watches the watchmen?: Kik kreeper cop told girl to stop crying in pictures

Who watches the watchmen?: Kik kreeper cop told girl to stop crying in pictures

Chris Wilbanks

Chris Wilbanks was a Sergeant with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina. That was until he was arrested for allegedly using the mobile messaging app Kik in order to extort explicit pictures from an 11-year-old girl from Washington.

Using the screen name of ‘Redneck Rick’, Wilbanks is said to have posed as a 14-year-old boy who went to the victim’s school.

Wilbanks asked the girl for photos of her wearing athletic apparel and a swimsuit. Eventually, Wilbanks asked for nude photos of the girl, court records state.

The girl refused at first, but Wilbanks told her he would show the photos to other people unless she sent more, according to the court records.

Court records indicate the girl was visibly upset and crying in several of the images. Wilbanks told her not to look so upset and to smile, according to those records.

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Police in Washington were alerted to the messages by the victim’s mother. Homeland Security then became involved in the investigation, which led to the arrest of Wilbanks.

If there is anything lower than a pedophile it has to be someone who’s entrusted to defend the public who’s also a pedophile. Let’s also not forget that no 11-year-old needs to be on Kik, not only becuause Kik’s terms of service require their users to be older, but also because Kik is a hive of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. All your kids need to be on Kik is a phone or tablet and a wi-fi connection.

UPDATE 2/11/2017: This past Thursday, Wilbanks was ordered to remain in custody after he allegedly destroyed evidence. He also cried in court. Authorities say that he also communicated with his victim on Kik while on duty.

He’s looking at 15 to 30 years behind bars.

UPDATE 11/7/2017: Wilbanks has pleaded guilty.

Mother of missing Amir Jennings released from prison

Mother of missing Amir Jennings released from prison

Zinah Jennings

On Christmas Eve of 2011, then 22-year-old Zinah Jennings was involved in a car wreck in Columbia, South Carolina, when police found her. She and her 18-month-old son Amir, had both been reported missing a month prior. When police caught up to Zinah at the wreck, Amir was nowhere to be found. Jennings claimed that Amir was with relatives anywhere from Raleigh, NC, to Atlanta, GA, except Amir was never found.

After bloody clothes and blankets, that had been found in Jennings car, were identified as belonging to Amir Jennings was only convicted of unlawful conduct in the disappearance of her son. She was sentenced to 10 years with nine months served. She also gave birth to another child while in prison.

Now, The State is reporting that Jennings was released from prison back in late September after only serving four years of her sentence.

According to the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Jennings will remain under supervision until March 30, 2017.

Amir Jennings

To this day, Amir Jennings has still not been found. None of the article that I read have said whether or not she could be charged with murder if Amir’s remains were to be found.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC

Man last seen on Kik date with SC mom convicted of her murder

Man last seen on Kik date with SC mom convicted of her murder

Edward Bonilla

28-year-old Ashley Pegram of Summerville, South Carolina, disappeared on April 4th, 2015 after leaving for a date with a man she is said to have met on the smart phone messaging app Kik. 30-year-old Edward Bonilla was charged with her disappearance and her murder before her body was found.

Ashley Pegram

Ashley Pegram

Earlier this month Bonilla was convicted of Ms. Pegram’s murder and was sentenced to life. During the trial Bonilla tried to claim that her death was an accident. Bonilla hit Ms. Pegram with his mom’s car then tied a plastic bag over her head before disposing of her body in a shallow grave. Her exact cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Ashley Pegram was a mother who didn’t deserve to be killed and left out in the open like that. While meeting people through social apps has become commonplace, it’s still as dangerous as ever. Always exercise caution when making such an arrangement. Let people know where you are going and who you are going with and check in with friends and family on regular basis. Protect yourself and don’t let yourself become a victim.

Suspect arrested in Backpage killing of SC man

Michael Saheem Spears

Michael Saheem Spears

Backpage murders don’t seem to get the same media attention as ‘craigslist killings’. Maybe it’s because of the lack of alliteration. Backpage bloodshed doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it. I’m only half-kidding too. However, I will give each of these stories the attention they deserve to show that Backpage, while not only the online haven of prostitution and human trafficking, is also just as dangerous as craigslist if not more so.

22-year-old Michael Saheem Spears of Aiken, South Carolina, has been charged in the murder of 62-year-old Jesse Sanders of Whitmire, S.C. Sanders is said to have responded to an ad for an escort that is said to have featured Spears, however Spears was said to be only interested in robbery. Sanders was shot multiple times and his body was dumped on the side of a highway.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2211, www.newberrycountysheriff.com, or Crime Stoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIMESC.

No one really uses Backpage for sofas or used cars, it is mainly used for criminal activity and Backpage is making millions of dollars from it. Sadly, Mr. Sanders was only worth a few bucks as far as Backpage is concerned.

Craigslist shooting in SC leaves one dead

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This past week in Aiken, South Carolina, there was a craigslist killing of sort. 23-year-old Frank Frazier Jr. was shot and killed during an attempted craigslist robbery police say. A couple responded to a craigslist ad for a used car for sale but the ad was a fake used to set up a robbery. The twist here is that Frazier was one of the alleged robbers and was shot and killed by a victim who was said to be defending herself. So far no charges have been filed against the woman but police are still investigating.

Even though it was one of the supposed bad guys that was killed this time this is another example of a scam that has cost too many lives recently. As I’ve mentioned before what criminals will do is post ads on craigslist, and many other un-moderated classifieds, for a car that is either high-end and rare or has a too good to be true price. Once at the meeting place the respondents to the ad will usually be robbed. This is because the victims usually have cash in had in order to buy a used car. In recent history these kinds of scams have cost the lives of Taylor S. Clark of Illinois, Bud and June Runion of Georgia, and Robert Polk of St. Louis.

With such a low threshold of entry virtually nothing on craigslist should be trusted. When shopping for a car I would recommend instead using a website where people pay to place ads. Not only does that mean someone is usually serious about selling a car but if some kind of criminal activity does take place there should be a paper trail to the perpetrator.

Myrtle Beach craigslist rapist used modeling scam to find his victim

Paul Joseph Shuler

Paul Joseph Shuler

I didn’t think I’d be doing another story about the modeling scam so soon yet here we are.

Police in Horry County, South Carolina, which includes Myrtle Beach, have arrested 32-year-old Paul Joseph Shuler for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman he met through craigslist.

Police say that Shuler posted an ad looking for models to which the victim responded. The victim was from overseas as beach towns like Myrtle Beach get a lot of young overseas adults working seasonal jobs in the summer. When the victim refused to pose for Shuler in a bikini he claimed to be from ICE, hand cuffed her and raped her.

Unfortunately this is an age-old trick used by both predators and traffickers and has only increased with the advent of craigslist and social media. Don’t be a victim. Anybody can claim they are a modeling scout or photographer. Don’t fall for their lies.

UPDATE 9/7/2016: After entering into an Alford plea, Shuler was sentenced to ten years behind bars.

Only one thing caused the Charleston church shooting

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I wasn’t going to blog about the horrible tragedy that happened at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. That was until I saw everyone and their grandmother blaming the shooting on everything that didn’t cause the bloodshed.

The shooting was not caused by gun laws, or the confederate flag (aka the traitor’s rag), or prescription medication. Before anyone even tries to claim so it wasn’t caused by bullying, video games or Autism either.

The shooting was caused by one ignorant and racist monster. To blame it on anything else lessens his own responsibility for his actions.

May he rot in hell.

SC man accused of having ‘sexual relationship’ with girl he met on MeetMe

Adam Bishop

Adam Bishop

Big Head Todd over there is 20-year-old Adam Bishop of Greer, South Carolina. He’s been accused of allegedly having a ‘sexual relationship’ with a 14-year-old girl that he met on MeetMe. The ‘relationship’ is said to have been almost a year long.

If you notice the sarcasm quotes all over this post it’s because a 14-year-old girl can not legally consent to a sexual relationship in South Carolina. Therefore what the article calls a ‘sexual relationship’ should be called what it really is, statutory rape with emphasis on the rape.

If you’re not familiar with MeetMe it’s the spiritual successor to the gaudy meat market that MySpace used to be. While its terms of service may allow for underage kids to be on their site I wouldn’t recommend it for kids since it’s mostly used for hook ups.