Alhambra police arrest suspect after online meeting turns into alleged sexual assault:
Police in Alhambra, California, recently arrested 32-year-old Christian Aceves for the alleged rape of a woman that he met on craigslist. The article uses the term ‘sexual assault’ but since he’s being held on $4.3 million bail I’m going to assume it goes way beyond assault.
When she met Aceves, he pulled a sharp instrument and threatened her, Rodriguez said. He drove the woman to a secluded spot in Los Angeles where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
Of course police believe he may have more victims…
Anyone with information was asked to contact Alhambra police Detective huezo at 626-570-5159.
Ladies, if you meet a man through craigslist he is more than likely only after one thing and may use any means to obtain it. Don’t place yourself in a position of peril like that. Be smarter than that. Nice guys don’t use craigslist.
Roth and Thomas
Arrests Made in “Craigslist Murder” of SoCal Father:
I originally posted about the craigslist murder of Rene Balbuena here. He was shot and killed on the streets of L.A. in front of his 15-year-old son. He was lured to his death by someone who was supposed to be selling him a cell phone.. Instead two people fired into Balbuena’s car, killing him and grazing his son.
The suspects were at large until late last week when 17-year-old Ryan Roth and 18-year-old Markell Thomas were arrested and charged with Balbuena’s murder. Police say that they both belong to a branch of the infamous Bloods gang and are allegedly connected with a series of craigslist armed robberies using the same M.O. Roth is being charged as an adult.
Here’s how police say it went down…
Thomas allegedly jumped in the backseat of Balbuena’s car and pointed a gun at the victim’s 15-year-old son, demanding property.
Balbuena stepped out the car and was shot multiple times in the torso, allegedly by Roth, who was waiting outside the car.
Such a pointless tragedy. Roth would not be eligible for the death penalty since he’s under 18.
Father Killed in Front of His Son While Responding to Craigslist Ad:
Rene Balbuena and his 15-year-old son were sitting in his car on the streets of Los Angeles waiting for a craigslist seller who was going to sell them a cellphone. Instead two men came up to the car and started shooting killing Balbuena and grazing his son. As of this posting the suspects were still at large.
This murder snapped a 10 day streak of 10 murder free days in Los Angeles.
I’ll post more details as they come available and since this happened in a media-centric city like L.A. maybe this will shed some much-needed light on the inherent dangers of doing business on craigslist.
Jason Ara Erpinar
Man Gets 24 Years in Prison for Myspace Rapes:
The tale of Douchebag Ed Grimley, aka 24-year-old Jason Ara Erpinar of Yorba Linda, California, is a long and twisted one.
Back in 2009 a then 20-year-old Erpinar was arrested for raping three women, two of whom he met through MySpace. In 2011 he entered into a plea deal which only saw him get 15 years behind bars. At the time I called the sentence a joke. Since then Erpinar rejected the plea deal, went to trial in 2012 and was convicted.
Erpinar’s gamble didn’t pay off as he was sentenced to 24 years behind bras instead of the original 15. I still think it’s a little light since it’s now 8 years per rape but 24 years feels a little more substantial.
I hope he still has that haircut while in prison.
Darius Mark Anthony Griffin
Craigslist robbery attempts, sex trafficking net man 15 years:
22-year-old Darius Mark Anthony Griffin of Desert Hot Springs, California was recently sentenced for two crimes that he pleaded guilty to. One of the crimes was armed robbery and the other was prostituting an underage girl on craigslist. For both crimes he got 15 years. How do you think that sentence is broken down?
…13 years on the robbery counts and two years in the sex trafficking case…
You want to know why?
Darius Mark Anthony Griffin, 22, pleaded guilty on Aug. 20 to a pair of felony attempted robbery counts and admitted a sentence-enhancing firearm use allegation for those crimes, along with one count of trafficking a person younger than 18.
So there are no sentence enhancers for selling a girl into sexual slavery?
We so have the wrong priorities in this country.
Feds: Fair Oaks man posed as teen boy on Internet to prey on young girls:
Once again I have to take the media to task for using the phrase ‘had sex’ when it comes to children. Each US state has an age limit where someone can legally consent to sex. If they are below that age they are being raped. When did rape become such an ugly word to use on the news when that’s what the crime is.
Anyway, 21-year-old Orest Shaynyuk of Fair Oaks, California is charged with having sex (child rape) with two girls that he met through MeetMe. It’s not like Shaynyuk isn’t using the ‘she looked 18 defense’ either. Federal investigators say that Shaynyuk posed as a 16-year-old on MeetMe and raped two girls ages 12 and 15. The 12-year-old has even said that Shaynyuk was allegedly well aware of her age. The age of consent in California is 18. In both cases it is said that he also messaged his victims using smartphone apps.
If you don’t believe my prior warnings that your kids have no place being on MeetMe check this out…
MeetMe allows users as young as 13 to create an account. Parents on the website Common Sense Media gave MeetMe 2 out of 5 stars, calling it a “creepy social network that features racy photos and suggestive talk.”
If you leave your children ignorant to the dangers of the internet someone will more than likely take advantage of that.
Colton man arrested after allegedly pimping girl at Redlands motel:
Wilbert Andres Mancia-Mejia
31-year-old Wilbert Andres Mancia-Mejia of Colton, California was arrested in Redlands, California for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on craigslist. Mancia-Mejia met the girl online using the alias of Albert Mann. He allegedly took pictures of the girl while they were having sex (child rape, the CA age of consent is 18) and used the photos to advertise her on craigslist. Mancia-Mejia is said to have sent the victim into a Redlands motel and told her to wait for him. Instead an unidentified man went in and sexually assaulted her. I would imagine that he paid Mancia-Mejia. The girl reported it to police.
Again how’s that consenting adults thing working out for you? Still clinging desperately to that to justify being a ‘hobbyist’? In most cases the women are hardly consenting and in too many cases they’re hardly adults. By the way craigslist, I thought you got rid of this stuff on your website. Oh. that’s right. You don’t bother to check to see if that’s really true or not.
Rancho Cordova Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Enticement, Child Porn Charges:
Rancho Cordova man sentenced to prison for child exploitation:
How sad is it that I thought this story was a repeat?
Anyway 25-year-old Brandon Marks of Rancho Cordova, California was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison on child solicitation and child porn charges. Last year Marks posted an ad on craigslist seeking children’s underwear. I’m going to assume that he didn’t want still in the shrink-wrapped package of 3.
Sacramento police responded to Marks ad posing as a 12-year-old girl. During that time Marks sent child porn to the ‘girl’ and police arranged a meeting between Marks and the girl. Marks was then arrested at the meeting at a Sacramento motel.
Marks will also have 40 years of supervised release once he’s released from prison which knowing California will be early.
Seriously craigslist, is this the kind of clientele you want to be known for? If the craigslist founders are so altruistic then why do they not want to protect their own users. Come on craigslist, take back your site from the predators and pedophiles.
Chico woman escapes Craigslist kidnapper:
Police in Glencoe, California recently arrested one Jason Tony Bays of Placerville, California on kidnapping charges. Reports say that Bays met a 26-year-old woman from Chico, California on craigslist and took her back to his home. When she tried to leave he allegedly told her she could not and choked her. The woman escaped when Bays took her to a job site in Glencoe. She managed to convince him that she needed to use the bathroom and went into a nearby post office and had employees contact 911.
Even though the woman was said to have communicated with Bays for a month before meeting him face to face this should serve as yet another warning as why you should not meet anyone from craigslist. There are just an inordinate amount of predators and psychos that use the site to find their victims and craigslist is unwilling to do anything about it.
Man Soliciting Sex on Craigslist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison:
Sacramento man, who admitted to molesting girl and posting Craigslist ad, sentenced to prison:
Man who sought minors for sex via Craigslist draws 10-year prison sentence:
I don’t know how I missed this story before but here we are.
35-year-old Eric G. Lowe of Sacramento, California was recently sentenced for soliciting sex from an underage girl on craigslist. Lowe posted an ad on craigslist seeking a young girl for a “Daddy/Daughter incest relationship”. Yep, I like I need a chemical shower after typing that. A 13-year-old girl named Amy responded to Lowe’s ad and began corresponding with him. He would ask Amy things like when was her mother going to be out of the house and can she bring a friend. Amy was actually an undercover police detective. After investigators searched Lowe’s computer they found that he was conversing with an actual teen from another town and was in possession of child porn. Lowe told investigators that he preferred 9-year-olds and admitted that he molested an underage girl. Ok, now I’m going to have to take a chemical shower and scrub with steel wool. Ick.
So what did this sick bitch get for all his troubles. 10 years in jail, 10 years on probation and a place on the sex offender registry. Not enough prison time. When he gets out, in probably less than 10 years since it’s California, probation and the registry is not going to be nearly enough to discourage an obvious predator like Lowe.
Also Lowe’s ad was allowed to sit on craigslist for months and nothing was ever done about it. Craigslist seems to have no problem with pedophiles using their site to find victims and the media refuses to call them out on it. A tragic cycle of apathy while children are being molested.