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Would-Be Robber Is Shot And Killed By Victim

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In Aiken, South Carolina, a couple met Frank Frazier Jr., 23, and a second man at a gas station to buy the car he had listed on Craigslist. Frazier pulled a gun on the couple in an attempt to rob them instead of completing the deal.

While Frazier’s gun was pointed at the man, his girlfriend pulled out her gun, shot, and killed Frazier. Frazier’s accomplice took off running.

The AP via Fox Carolina reports that the couple was uninjured. The Aiken Police have continued to search for the second man since the event took place Wednesday afternoon.

Craigslist has become a popular lure for criminals to find their victims. Reports of kidnappings, murders, and robberies have surfaced for years in relation to the site.

Earlier this month, New York City Police shutdown a robbery operation that found its victims on Craigslist.

As the New York Daily News reports, the thieves set up a bogus rental ad for a unit in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. They had already robbed one woman at gunpoint when NYPD busted the three accomplices -- ages 20, 16, and 15.

But despite the increase in crime via its service, Craigslist has been slow to enact any changes – if at all. Nor has Craigslist faced much legal action in connection to posts.

The site still maintains its “web 1.0” look, and the only signs of protection are a randomly generated email address posters are given to facilitate responses, and the ability to flag a post that seems suspicious.

Wired magazine spoke with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark about his site. Newmark told them, “People are good and trustworthy and generally just concerned with getting through the day. If most people are good and their needs are simple, all you have to do to serve them well is build a minimal infrastructure allowing them to get together and work things out for themselves. Any additional features are almost certainly superfluous and could even be damaging.” 

Sources: Wired, New York Daily News, Fox Carolina / Photo Source: Alisha Vargas via Flickr

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