Man Kidnapped During Bogus Craigslist Dealing (Sam Spital)

Commentary by Criminal Attorney Sam Spital:

“A suspect is facing kidnapping and attempted robbery charges in a plot that began with an advertisement on Craigslist by a seller who intended to find a buyer for his camera lens &/or photography equipment. The NBC Channel 39 online news reported on January 16, 2013 the male adult suspect who has not yet been caught was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and may have been 25 years old. The article revealed the victim met the suspect at a hotel in Pacific Beach; he had a gun and then forced the victim to drive to his bank in La Jolla to have him withdraw his money. The suspect did not like that the bank was taking too much time to get the money so he demanded the victim drive away without obtaining any money.

There have been similar robbery crimes as well as at least one murder incident related to ads placed on Craigslist and, therefore, the unsuspecting public needs to be more cognizant of the risks of meeting someone they do not know and/or to allow a would-be buyer to come to their residence. These offenses have escalated and represent a further sign of the economic crisis the country has been facing far too long; some pundits have opined the current economic decline is due to a lack of appropriate and timely leadership to obtain solutions via bipartisan consensus.”

–Sam Spital

Sketches released in kidnapping attempt (Sam Spital)

Commentary by Criminal Defense Attorney Sam Spital:

“The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department produced sketches of three suspects in an attempted kidnapping about 1:30 p.m. of an eighteen year old woman according to the UT News on January 1, 2013. It was revealed in the article that the teenager was pulled into the cab of the pick up truck by one man when she refused his orders to get inside. The article noted the bed of the truck was loaded with gardening equipment, and two of the male suspects were described as Latino while the third was either white or Latino.

The story did not include any more information relating to the 18 year old girl nor the location to where she was walking, except I believe the incident took place in an area of Encinitas (a city adjacent to San Diego) where the homes range from $750,000 to well above $1 million. Kudos go to the young girl who fought off the three suspects, biting one of them in his ear and punching the other two and then was able to get out of the truck and run for help. One can only speculate as to what might have happened to the teenager had she not resisted the suspects. This is certainly an example of how promptly using self-defense measures can protect one and prevent much greater harm from taking place.”

–Sam Spital