Markham man charged in Tinley Park shooting:
The latest name to add to the ever-expanding list of craigslist killers is 18-year-old Christopher Dyson. He’s accused of allegedly shooting 24-year-old Thomas Mastro to death after a craigslist deal gone wrong in Tinley Park, Illinois.
Police say that Mastro placed an ad on craigslist looking to unload his Playstation 3 and had agreed to trade it with Dyson for an iPhone. Mastro went to get the PS3 in the box from Dyson’s trunk when a struggle for the box ensued and Dyson shot Mastro in the chest. This was all done in broad daylight in front of a local convenience store. Dyson was caught after a 45 minute manhunt.
Again doing any kind of business on craigslist is like taking your life in your own hands. It doesn’t matter the location, the time of day or how many witnesses are around. Some people don’t care and will stop at nothing as long as it benefits themselves no matter how small the dollar amount may be.
Craigslist robberies bring 3 arrests:
I originally posted about the Stafford, Virginia craigslist robberies here. Basically the suspects used the promise of high end goods like iPhones at cheap prices to lure their victims.
Police have arrested 3 suspects in those robberies and they are Rashad Jamar Lightfoot, 19, Jarren Arees Fields, 20, and Adrian Marquelle Clark, 20.
Remember, as the old saying goes if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
Craigslist crime post# 1292
Robbery post #142
Online ads bait in two attacks:
In Stafford, Virginia two unsuccessful robbery attempts took place where the victims were lured with high end electronics posted for sale on craigslist.
In one instance the victims thought they were going to buy a Playstation 3. They were asked to meet at the courthouse and once they got there they received an e-mail asking them to go to another location. When they got to the other location one of the suspects allegedly tried to hit the man with a bottle.
In a separate incident the victim was allegedly lured with the promise of a cheap iPhone. That man was punched in the head however he and his girlfriend were able to run to the Sheriff’s office.
Police believe both acts were committed by the same suspects.
Two lessons here. The first is if you’re asked to go to another location you’re more than likely being set up. The second is if a deal sounds too good to be true it usually is.
Craigslist’s anonymity and unmonitored ads continue to claim more victims.
Craigslist crime post #1242
Robbery post #134