Man Who Kidnapped Two Realtors is Out on Bond

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Man Who Kidnapped Two Realtors is Out on Bond

 

The the man accused of kidnapping two Realtors has been released on $50,000 bond.  A 50k bond seems a little low for kidnapping and robbery.  

 

Yes, realtor safety is in the news once again.  Read the story here: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/06/15/man-accused-kidnapping-2-agents-released

 

Be highly cautious, have a plan in place and don't be afraid to turn down a showing.

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Comments (19)

Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Unbelievable. Agents should not accept "drinks" from clients. 

Jun 15, 2015 09:14 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Pamela Seley, REALTOR® - Yes.  Accepting drinks was not smart by any stretch of the imagination.

Jun 15, 2015 09:17 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Also, sounds like the retired Navy Major went off the deep end. We agents have to be very wary and cautious, especially after Beverly Carter's murder. 

Jun 15, 2015 09:20 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Pamela Seley, REALTOR® - So true!  He probably came off as nice, harmless guy. It was interesting that he apologized before attempting to rob one of the agents.

The Beverly Carter story was beyond awful.  A nice agent just going about doing her job is murdered.  So horrible for her and her family.

Jun 15, 2015 09:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jill, every issue like this needs to be spread around to keep us on our toes!  THANKS! 

Jun 15, 2015 09:52 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

He should have been held without bond for armed robbery and abduction. So it probably cost him $5000.00 to get out on bond. ridiculous.

Jun 15, 2015 10:15 AM
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Ladies, we have to listen ot our gut and we have to use our heads ! Going for drinks --big NO. 

Jun 15, 2015 10:24 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

While safety in the real estate profession has always been something kept on our mind, I think it is increasingly demanding our attention.

Jun 15, 2015 12:33 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I hope we aren't going to be seeing more cases like this one, but I think we probably will. We all just have to be careful and stay alert and as oneperson said...trust our gut instincts. 

Jun 15, 2015 01:27 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Joan Cox - Got to stay vigilant.

Jeff Pearl - I agree.

Michele Connors - Going for drinks was not smart.

Myrl Jeffcoat - Yes, unfortunately.

Debbie Laity - Trusting your gut is so very important.  

Jun 15, 2015 02:36 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I hope he's being watched.  Sounds like an awful light bond for what he's done.

Jun 15, 2015 09:41 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Jill

Robbery and kidnapping 2 people . . . . and getting a $50,000 bond . . .  . Don't sound like the bond fits the crime. Way toooooo low.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 16, 2015 01:06 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Gabe Sanders - I think the extent of being watched is an electronic ankle bracelet.  I agree the bond is pretty light.  

Lou Ludwig - The bond seems thin to me, too.  Probably a first time offender thing, I guess.

Jun 17, 2015 12:38 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

That is horrible Jill, scary story for Realtors. I do not understand wny this person is free?

Jun 17, 2015 08:06 AM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA 

 

Thats scary. Good job keeping Realtors updated. 

Jun 17, 2015 11:33 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

No kidding. That is a huge felony and should have much higher bond. Amazing.

Jun 21, 2015 11:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this information. Everyone needs to be alert.

Jun 25, 2015 08:25 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Jill. How stupid is this on the part of the judge in this case. A 50K bond means they have to come up with $5,000.

Yes, you are right about Realtor safety.

Make it a great weekend!

Jun 27, 2015 01:18 AM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA 

Thanks for posting this and reminding us to be safe. A few years ago I represented a buyer who wanted to purchase a property. His lender required the pool be drained and patched in an area. The woman who owned the home was willing to drain the pool if someone would repair it. Her agent was handicapped so I offered to do the light patch required. After I finished she invited me her home for a drink, I politely declined, she insisted but I knew at that point I needed to leave so I packed up my things and exited quickly. We all need to guard our reputation, safety and that of our clients as well. 

Jul 01, 2015 09:50 AM

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