Man arrested after using social media to set up, rob & murder 18-year-old
Jack Hammer, Crime & Justice Reporter – Take my advice and beware of those online Lonely Hearts Clubs. Criminals are baiting victims into a trap using cell phone apps and online dating sites. This is part of a new development that I labeled Techno-Crime. The murder occurred on September 2, 2019, so this manhunt took roughly two weeks to trace the electronic trail and ID the killer.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 via abc3memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man who was wanted on first-degree murder charges was captured Tuesday after police say he set up, robbed and killed an 18-year-old earlier this month. Talas Bonds [see mugshot at left] was arrested after giving police a foot chase… Police say Bonds robbed and murdered 18-year-old Jack Luibel [white male] on Sept. 2 on Clifton Avenue in Frayser. According to court records, Luibel drove to an abandoned house to meet with someone, who he thought was a girl, who he met on a texting app, Text Now.
When Luibel got to the house, he was shot and robbed. Police found him unresponsive at the scene. After securing search warrants, police were able to trace communication between the victim and the suspect with the app, which lead them to Bonds on Tuesday. Police said Bonds admitted to his role in the crime. In addition to this first-degree murder in perpetration of robbery charge, Bonds was also already wanted on aggravated robbery charges.