UPDATE: Maplewood Police Took Craigslist Murder-for-Hire Threat Seriously
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MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (KMOX)–The website famous for selling everything from sofas, to pets and lawn services caught the attention of federal authorities when the ad under “items sought” requested someone to kill police officers.
“Wanted dead,” the ad read, “All Maplewood City police officers, paying one million per head.” The ad went on to offer $2 million for a specific Maplewood detective.
Arrested and charged with “use of a facility of interstate commerce in the commission of a murder for hire” is Lawrence Williams, 32. The unemployed man reportedly had a previous run-in with Maplewood police for quarrelling with a neighbor, in which Williams was tasered for resisting arrest. Two guns and some marijuana was seized, police said
“He apparently became agitated after he was released when we wouldn’t give him his guns back,” said Maplewood Police Chief Steve Kruse.
Police took the threat seriously, especially after a tragedy four years ago in which a gunman fired on emergency responders.
“Back in 2008, we had two police officers that were shot and a fireman who was killed,” Kruse said.
Williams was in federal custody. The ad on Craigslist has been taken down. It was not clear if anyone had responded to the ad. Police say Williams was living in an apartment in the 77-hundred block of Lindbergh Drive, where investigators had traced the IP address of the person who posted the ad.
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