Foot Pursuit

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Robin Lyons, Fiction AuthorBLOG POST #238: Research on a true-crime involving a 32-year-old man.

Can you imagine chasing after sexual predators all day at your job?! Thank goodness there are law enforcement officers who specialize in investigating online child exploitation and sensitive crimes. They make an immense difference every day, and yet few people are aware of what they do.

When the 32-year-old man in this case requested to be friends on Facebook with a 14-year-old girl who lived over 350 miles away he didn’t know he became friends with an undercover sheriff’s officer.

The local authorities knew this particular predator because of an investigation into the sexual assault of his two step children ages 2 and 9.

As the man and the officer began building their online relationship, the officer made it quite clear the girl he was portraying was 14-years-old.

The man wanted a photo of the girl. And then he started scheming ways for her to leave her family and live with him. He’d take “care” of her.

They sent photos of an undercover officer in a swimsuit. Then he wanted more explicit photos. The content of the communication between the two became more graphic and disturbing. After five days of back-n-forth chatting, the predator sent a graphic photo of himself to the girl he believed to be 14. In return, he wanted nude photos.

When he didn’t receive nude photos and his ideas of how to get her to him failed, he became impatient and began walking to the girl’s home—over 350 miles. His trek would take him about 108 hours. Along the walk he sent her selfies with time stamps and landmarks. Officers arrested him as soon as he notified her he’d crossed into her county—over 300+ miles traveled.

He pleaded guilty to attempted child enticement. Because he had a prior conviction of child abuse, the judge sentenced him to ten years in federal prison. And because there were several incidents in the years since the conviction where he had allegedly sexually abused minors, the judge added to his sentence lifetime supervised released and register as a sex offender.

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-Robin

Source: U.S. District Court, U.S. Department of Justice, Fox 11 News, WBAY 2 First Alert

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Getaway Scooter

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Robin Lyons, Author websiteCan you imagine a well thought out plan for a bank robbery would include using a Lime electric scooter as your getaway transportation?

BLOG POST #237: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a repeat offender and his strange method of fleeing the crime scene.

I can’t imagine a bank teller’s fear when a customer hands them a note that says, “I have a GUN! Give me all the money. NO INK Packages.”

The teller complied and handed the man $1,000. He left the bank and fled on a Lime electric scooter. The scooters are predominately in larger cities, on street corners, and available for anyone to use. A credit card is required to activate the scooter. You’re charged based on the duration of use.

This was his second bank robbery. With his first robbery, eleven years earlier, he’d given the bank teller a similarly worded note and fled on foot with $451.00. For this crime, the court sentenced him to 63 months in federal prison.

As you can imagine, the authorities caught the bank robber for the second time and arrested him.

The U.S. Attorney on the second case said, “As this case demonstrates, individuals who re-offend will be investigated, arrested and convicted, and usually the sentence will be longer. Hopefully, this time the defendant learned a lesson.”

Before the trial, he pleaded guilty to the bank robbery. The judge sentenced the 32-year-old man to 57 months in federal prison.

The next time you see someone zipping by on a rented scooter, take a close look, it could be a criminal fleeing a crime scene.

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

Source: U.S Department of Justice, U.S. District Court – Southern California, Court Listener

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Bunker Hostage

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This case is struck a chord in my heart as a parent, grandparent, and as a former school bus driver.

Have you ever known anyone who prepares for the worst—often referred to as a Prepper? They may have a storage room filled with supplies or, in this case, a fully stocked, fortified underground bunker in his back yard.

BLOG POST #236: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a decorated veteran who fell on hard times, became angry and paranoid, blaming the government for everything. Read More

Retired Life

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Robin Lyons, author websiteLast month, schools may have been canceled, but the court system was busy sentencing for school-related crimes.

BLOG POST #235: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a retired elementary school principal.

He’d worked for the school district for 35 years before he retired and relocated to sunny Florida. As many principals do, he started with the district as a teacher and promoted to principal.

I believe just because someone is a good teacher doesn’t automatically make them the right candidate to be a good principal. Whether or not this man was a good teacher or a good principal is not in question. He simply wasn’t a good person. Read More

Elder Abuse

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Robin Lyons, author websiteYou’ve heard about elder abuse. Typically, one might associate the charge with violence. Less violent, but also prevalent, are cases of defrauding an older person.

BLOG POST #234: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime case involving a repeat offender, his family, and their elderly victim.

In March 2020, the United States Department of Justice announced the most massive coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases. The current case-load alleged losses to senior victims total more than one billion dollars. Read More