Police arrest man who posted Craigslist ad seeking sex partner, murder victim
By Mark Rahner / The Seattle Times
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - Added 16h ago
SEATTLE ó The ad still appeared in the "casual encounters" section of the Craigslist personals Tuesday afternoon under the heading, "A strange desire ... "
"I have a very strange thing that I want to do," the post read. It concluded with, "Serious iquiries (sic) only please."
In between was a request for a woman willing to have sex with ó and then be killed by ó the 24-year-old Kent, Wash., man whom police said wrote the ad.
That man was arrested Monday when he showed up at a Seattle motel room with a length of chain and a knife after agreeing in a series of e-mails to have sex with and kill a woman in exchange for $2,000,
according to police and court documents.
He was being held on $1 million bond on investigation of attempted murder. The Seattle Times generally does not name suspects until they have been charged.
King County Superior Court documents say a Craigslist employee e-mailed the Seattle Police Department on April 22 about the online ad. An undercover detective responded to the ad and corresponded with the man numerous times over the next several days.
The suspect had been looking for a consensual arrangement, but the detective proposed something different, asking if he would be willing to discuss murdering someone, the documents say. The suspect agreed and negotiated a $2,000 fee, at the same time alluding to what he wanted to do to the nonexistent victim.
About 7:30 a.m. Monday, the suspect and the detective exchanged information by e-mail about the time and place of the proposed murder and the payment. Detectives were waiting at the Aero Motel when the suspect arrived at 9:50 a.m., and arrested him when he knocked on the door of what was to be the murder room, court papers say. He had a knife, a length of chain and two long shoe laces, which police say fit with his written plan.
Listed in court papers as a laborer, the suspect has been convicted once for indecent exposure. In November, he again was arrested for indecent exposure, at Auburnís Green River Community College. He has a hearing in that case scheduled for Thursday.
A woman who answered the phone at the suspectís home Tuesday and identified herself as the manís girlfriend and the mother of his child said she does not believe he will be convicted.
"He didnít do anything," said the woman who asked not to be named. "If he was doing anything, he was trying to figure out a way to get money. He had no intent to go through with it."
She said she read some of the e-mails between police and her boyfriend and she said the police "definitely entrapped him." She said the issue of payment was brought up by officers, not by her boyfriend.
"They offered him money and weíre broke, living at our grandmotherís house," she said.
"He actually has a lot, lot, lot of mental issues that need to be dealt with," she said. " ... But heís not really the person theyíre making him out to be. Heís a good person, an amazing father and I love him and support him."
Asked if he was concerned about possible entrapment issues arising from the detective proposing the murder while the suspect had initially sought a willing participant, King County Prosecutor spokesman Dan Donohoe said simply, "No."