Markoff Linked to Third Craigslist Assault

Prints of Craigslist killer suspect found at RI crime scene
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2009 7:24 AM CDT
Hector Brisman, father of slain masseuse Julissa Brisman, sits with victim advocate Paula Eckberg during the arraignment of Philip Markoff, in Boston Municipal Court, April 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mark Garfinkel-Pool)
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(Newser) – Philip Markoff has been linked to a third assault on a woman advertising sexual services on Craigslist, the Boston Globe reports. Police say the accused killer left fingerprints at a Rhode Island hotel where he tried to rob a prostitute last week and sent identifiable text messages immediately after the incident. Sources say he’ll soon be charged for the attempted robbery.

The 26-year-old victim, who advertised private lap dances on the classifieds site, said Markoff tied her up at gunpoint but fled from her hotel room when her husband arrived. Markoff, a 23-year-old medical student, pleaded not guilty earlier this week to charges of murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery in connection with assaults on two women at Boston hotels.