A Grand Bay teenager is charged with murder and armed robbery in Tallahasee, Florida.
Police said 18-year-old Amber Ward shot and killed a man who responded to her escort ad on http://www.backpage.com.
According to court documents, Ward met up with the victim at a hotel in Tallahasee, where she provided her phone number and Grand Bay address when checking into room 213.
Investigators said Ward goes by the nickname “Chocolate Bunny” in her escort ads found on the website backpage.com.
Tallahasee Police said 29-year-old Isaac Grace responded to her advertisement, and the teen drove to Tallahasee to meet Grace at the EconoLodge Motel.
According to court records, Grace was found dead inside one of the rooms. Police believe Ward shot him several times and stole his cell phone.
“Ms. Ward is a known prostitute. She has had a previous arrest in Mobile for prostitution which stemmed from city of Mobile investigation. But we did find where she had advertised on backpage.com,” said Sgt. Joe Mahoney, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Mahoney said Ward was soliciting sex throughout the region.
“We’re finding ads from her from Montgomery all the way to Florida and Mississippi,” said Mahoney.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office helped Florida authorities track Ward down at her home on Jaimee Circle.
Court documents revealed that two spent 9 mm casings were found in her vehicle. The casings were consistent with the ones found at the murder scene.
“These backpage ads, there are several of them each day advertising sexual favors. But you never know. A lot of times these are women or even men posing as, setting up guys to show up at a remote location where they’re isolated and can be robbed,” said Mahoney.
A similar case in Mobile last year ended in the death of a U.S. Coast Guardsman.
Police said Robert Roberts was shot to death at the Baymont Inn and Suites last March after arranging a meeting with Shaniah Woods through backpage.com.