Posted by Leon S. on Saturday, February 16, 2013 Under: Personal Defense
Clayton County police have arrested 23-year-old Aamirr Philpot and charged him with rape, false imprisonment and aggravated sodomy for robbing and raping women he met on social media websites at gunpoint.
Sgt. Scott Hughes of the Clayton County Police Department said "Once he (Philpot) made contact with the females and gained their trust, he would arrange to meet them at a location and when they arrived, he would rape and rob them," .
Authorities did not say how many victims there were, but said the crimes occurred over a two-month span.
Crimes such as these have been occurring for some time and although these horrible stories make the news regularly, still there are regular occurrences where people risk there lives to meet strangers they don't know at hotels and motels for sex, ending up being the victims of rape crimes all across the country.
The Washington Post reported a story of a man, Joshua T. Franklin, who was arrested on January 2nd, 2013 for allegedly raping and robbing two women at gunpoint that he had arranged to meet through an online service, according to Fairfax County police. The victims were 18 and 24 years old.
La Mesa, California Police Detectives arrested Sean Banks on February 11th, 2013 on charges of Rape by Force, Residential Burglary, and Digital Penetration by Force after he used the online name of “Rarity” to lure a victim he met on the dating website ChristianMingle.com and victimized her.
Wayne County, Michigan prosecutors say Gabreil Cooper assaulted and robbed a woman on January 14th, 2013 who invited him to her house after they met online. He was arraigned in Detroit district court on numerous charges including sexual assault and rape with a $3 million dollar bond!!
The Porterville Police Department arrested David Pillow on January 14th, 2013 for forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and attempted sodomy of a 46-year-old woman. The victim stated to authorities that she met the man, later identified as Pillow, on an online dating site. The two agreed to meet at a local business and eventually went to a residence in Porterville to continue conversation.While at the residence, Pillow began forcing himself on the woman, raping her.
Worse crimes have happened to women who were the victims of violent crimes while meeting with strangers they met with through online dating services. Mary Kay Beckman is suing Match.com for nearly $10 million after she was almost killed by a man she met on the dating site. She said the site should come with a warning about the dangers of online dating. Beckman went on a few dates with Wade Ridley before she ended things. Ridley stalked and attacked the victim stabbing her a dozen times and smashed her head with a large rock. He then stomped her face with his feet and left her for dead!!Luckily a neighbor heard the commotion and called 911. A few weeks after Beckman's attack, Ridley met another woman on the same site in Arizona and killed her. Ridley was eventually caught and sentenced for murder in Arizona. He was told that Beckman survived the attack, and he said he was surprised. He died later behind bars.
We suggest NEVER, NEVER, NEVER meet ANY stranger though an online dating service. Even more so, don't meet ANYONE you don't know for the first time in an isolated area. There are a wide variety of public places that are safer options for meeting someone you are not familiar with such as restaurants, coffee shops, etc. I would go as far as to say never go on a "First Date" at night time in this current day and age!! There are a host of online research sites that afford you the opportunity to do a background check on strangers. Many county jails also allow online access to check for arrests in their databases. Feel free to email us at email@example.com for information of these sites.
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