Craigslist encounter leads to robbery

Craigslist encounter leads to robbery

There are 12 comments on the www.q-notes.com story from May 23, 2009, titled Craigslist encounter leads to robbery. In it, www.q-notes.com reports that:

APEX, N.C. - A man has been arrested after he was accused of meeting another man through Craigslist and robbing him. Police say Gary Rezendes and the victim met through the “casual encounters” section of Craiglist and decided to meet in person on April 4 at a Vision Rd. Home Depot parking lot. Sgt. Sean Pearson of the Apex Police Department told Q-Notes that Rezendes was carrying a knife, stole $40 from the victim and fled the scene afterward. The victim was unharmed. “From my interview with [Rezendes], he had stated that the whole purpose of being on [Craiglist] was to commit a robbery, that there was no previous intent of meeting anyone,” Pearson said. “He was on Craigslist initially looking at things to buy and saw the ads in the personals and thought of it as a quick way to make some money by committing a robbery.” Rezendes’ arrest was made on May 18, after police were able to track online conversations between the victim and Rezendes. Rezendes is currently in the custody of Wake County officials, under a $50,000 bond. Pearson said Rezendes’ past criminal record includes only property crimes.

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Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#1 May 23, 2009
Craigslist is downright dangerous and I recommend that EVERYONE avoid it.

My nightmare involved an aprtment i sublet in Brooklyn

BIG mistake !

AVOID Craigslist.
abdz

Fultondale, AL

#2 May 23, 2009
I wonder if Gary Rezendes thinks the $40 he stole was worth all the trouble he's in now.
Brenda in AZ

Gilbert, AZ

#3 May 23, 2009
Is it really Craigslist or the psycho people using it? Any personals forum or social networking site could lead to the same danger.
Adam

Staten Island, NY

#4 May 23, 2009
Daniel P. can you tell us what happened?

“Read my name”

Since: Jul 07

Raleigh, North Carolina

#5 May 23, 2009
Lets see, meeting some stranger in a parking lot. I have to assume it was after closing time, probably dark, and for some quickie sex. I don't think this has a thing to do with craigslist, just stupidity.
jitterbug

United States

#6 May 24, 2009
People get robbed at knifepoint or gunpoint all the time. The good thing about using Craigslist is that the robber left a way for police to easily track his identity and whereabout through his email address. And he certainly left clear evidence against him. Craigslist is better than picking up strangers in some back alley or bar or elsewhere where the chance of him leaving tracks and traces of him are little to nil.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#7 May 24, 2009
Emmatg52 wrote:
Lets see, meeting some stranger in a parking lot. I have to assume it was after closing time, probably dark, and for some quickie sex. I don't think this has a thing to do with craigslist, just stupidity.
Well said, not to mention, dangerous. Why would anyone meet someone else for "an encounter" and not do so at a public place, which has lots of people.
hoodathunkit

Mansfield, OH

#8 May 24, 2009
StevenFL wrote:
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Well said, not to mention, dangerous. Why would anyone meet someone else for "an encounter" and not do so at a public place, which has lots of people.
I agree with you about meeting in a public place with lots of people around. While it is safer to meet in public, it is not insurance that "an encounter" won't turn ugly in private.
hoodathunkit

Mansfield, OH

#9 May 24, 2009
Emmatg52 wrote:
Lets see, meeting some stranger in a parking lot. I have to assume it was after closing time, probably dark, and for some quickie sex. I don't think this has a thing to do with craigslist, just stupidity.
The article doesn't give a timeframe. It's easy to assume that it was after closing and at night and you may well be right. However, Home Depot parking lots tend to be quite large and meeting in broad daylight at a far end of the parking lot would not actually give much protection from being assaulted. With these extremely large parking lots, there sections that never seem to get used by anybody and, even in the crowded sections, there might be 50 people around you or the nearest person may be 15 rows across the lot.

“STFU”

Since: May 07

Atlanta, GA

#10 May 24, 2009
This has absolutely nothing to do with Craigslist. The propagandists are simply using Craigslist because it has become a "buzzword". Just like the idiot AG in South Carolina seeking only to get his name in the news.
abdz

United States

#12 May 24, 2009
Brenda in AZ wrote:
Is it really Craigslist or the psycho people using it? Any personals forum or social networking site could lead to the same danger.
You have a good point. This could happen in many ways. It reminds me of a case in Arizona several years ago when an elderly man listed his motor home for sale in the classified ads in the local paper and a thug responded by claiming he was interested in purchasing it, met with the elderly to test drive it, robbed and killed him, then stole the motor home. A person always needs to be careful when broadcasting himself/herself for any reason.

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#13 May 24, 2009
abdz wrote:
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You have a good point. This could happen in many ways. It reminds me of a case in Arizona several years ago when an elderly man listed his motor home for sale in the classified ads in the local paper and a thug responded by claiming he was interested in purchasing it, met with the elderly to test drive it, robbed and killed him, then stole the motor home. A person always needs to be careful when broadcasting himself/herself for any reason.
There was a similar case in California, where a couple listed their yacht for sale. A group of people came to take a sail on it, and then tied the owners to the anchor and threw them overboard.

The owners' bodies were never found and some of the murderers were sentenced to death.

I should think in this day and age, that when you either go to buy or sell something, follow some simple rules:

1. ALWAYS have another person with you.

2. ALWAYS ask for photo ID.

3. ALWAYS have a celfone with you.

4. ALWAYS have a gps unit with you.

These simple rules may save your life (you may not even know it at the time), and should be used WHNENEVER you meet someone for the first time, whether buying or selling, a car, a boat, a house or apartment, or ANYTHING.

How many people simply go missing every year in this country and nobody has a clue what has happened to them ?

Remember Garrett Bardsley ? Remember Natalee Holloway ?

BE SAFE !

Taking the precautions I mentioned before does not mean you're a wuss or overly-fearful.

It's just taking advantage of the wonderful technology we have nowadays to keep yourselves and others from harm.

I NEVER leave my house without my celfone and gps unit. And I have all my animals microchipped.

PEACE !

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