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Beaten stripper fears attacker is stalking women via Craigslist

An exotic dancer who was bound and held at gunpointat a suburban Providence hotel by a man who answered her Craigslist ad.

WARWICK, R.I. – An exotic dancer who was bound and held at gunpoint
at a suburban Providence hotel by a man who answered her Craigslist ad
has suggested that her ordeal could be linked to an earlier Boston
hotel slaying, police said yesterday.

The 26-year-old Las Vegas
woman, who police believe was offering sex for money through the
Internet posting, was attacked at a Holiday Inn Express late Thursday,
Warwick police Chief Stephen McCartney said. The assailant fled when
the victim's husband returned to the room.

On Tuesday, a woman
who advertised massage services on Craigslist was shot and killed at
the luxury Marriott Copley Place hotel in Boston, an hour to the north.

McCartney
said that after Thursday's attack in Warwick, the victim "apparently
made a statement to police that, in her opinion, this situation
mirror-imaged what happened up in Boston."

He said he
didn't know specifics of the woman's Craigslist ad, but earlier
yesterday he said he had been told she offered massage services.

The
description of the suspect in Thursday's attack matches that of a
"person of interest" wanted for questioning in Tuesday's fatal shooting
of Julissa Brisman, 26, at the Marriott. Police said the man may also
have been involved in the robbery last week of another Las Vegas woman
at a Boston hotel.

 
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