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US Craigslist suspect charged with assault

US Craigslist suspect charged with assault

A medical student accused in Boston of killing a masseuse he met on Craigslist has been charged in Rhode Island with assaulting a stripper in a hotel, Attorney General Patrick Lynch said Monday.
An arrest warrant issued Monday accuses Philip Markoff of assault and weapons violations. Authorities previously said Markoff, 23, was the suspect in the April 16 robbery attempt at a Holiday Inn Express in Warwick.
Craigslist is a classified advertising Web site.
An exotic dancer from Las Vegas who offered lap dances told Rhode Island authorities that she was bound with cord and held at gunpoint by a man she met through Craigslist. She said her assailant fled when her husband came up to the hotel room.
A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity previously told The Associated Press that investigators found Markoff's fingerprint in the hotel. They also believe he sent text messages from there.
Markoff was arrested April 20 on Interstate 95 while driving with his fiancee to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.
He was charged with the April 14 killing of Julissa Brisman, a 25-year-old New York City resident who advertised on Craigslist, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel.
He also has been charged in a separate robbery at a hotel of another masseuse who, police say, he met through the site.
He has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, John Salsberg, did not return a phone message Monday.
Markoff was put on suicide watch at the Boston jail where he is being held.
The Rhode Island warrant accuses Markoff of assault with intent to commit robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a handgun and using a firearm while committing a crime of violence.


Updated : 2021-07-31 17:48 GMT+08:00