Cops: Killer Used Facebook To Lure Prey
August 2, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Florida teenager was lured to his death by a romantic rival using a fake Facebook profile, authorities say.
Jason Rodriguez, 19, a student at Valencia College, was shot in the head and neck Feb. 2 and died a week later.
Israel Nieves, 18, charged with murder, is being held without bond at the Orange County Jail. He also is charged with raping his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend last fall and having sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Rodriguez began dating Nieves’ ex-girlfriend in January, court records said. But he also met what he believed to be another woman named “Ty Ann” on Facebook.
They began texting and e-mailing and spoke by phone and video chat, with a friend of Nieves allegedly impersonating Ty Ann, police say.
After two weeks of communication, Rodriguez drove to a house outside Orlando to meet the woman.
A witness driving by said he saw a masked gunman shoot into the victim’s car.
Tracked down months later, Nieves denied the killing but admitted creating the false profile to frighten Rodriguez and prove to his ex-girlfriend that Rodriguez was cheating on her, police records said. He also denies the sex charges.