Tawdry Craigslist ad at heart of assault case

By From page A4 | October 02, 2013

FAIRFIELD — A fourth suspect in a Craigslist-personals-ad-turned-armed-robbery and assault pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday.

Blanca Figueroa-Alvarez was ordered to return to court Oct. 11 for a probable cause hearing with her three codefendants. The codefendants, Shonna N. Tibbets, Bryan L. Barksdale and Jesus Rodriguez, have previously pleaded not guilty to similar felony charges.

Court records detail the allegations in the case.

The text of the Aug. 29 tawdry ad was straightforward: “3 some anyone – w4m – 21.” The ad piqued the interest of a Fairfield man whose response prompted a text message inviting him to join two women for an 11 p.m. rendezvous in the parking lot of a Crowley Lane apartment complex.

Figueroa-Alvarez and Tibbets met the man at his car.

“Where do you want to do it?” he asked.

The answer led the women and the Fairfield man a vacant apartment in the complex.

The dalliance was interrupted before it started when the threesome abruptly became a fivesome with two masked men bolting out from a closet. One of them had a shotgun. The other had small pistols in each of his hands.

The man was relieved of his wallet, cellphone and car keys and he was pistol-whipped before the armed men and their female companions fled to another nearby apartment where they changed clothes before tucking the guns into a couch, which they took out to a large trash bin. Barksdale and Rodriguez retrieved the couch and its contraband a few hours later, according to court records.

Detectives talked to apartment employees who recognized the victim’s description of Figueroa-Alvarez and Tibbets and the victim identified Tibbets. Fairfield police arrested all four of them on Sept. 9.

Figueroa-Alvarez is out of jail after posting more than $43,000 bail.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • S KOctober 02, 2013 - 6:57 am

    The VICTIM ought to be ordered to have the word, "STUPID," tattooed to his forehead>>LOL.

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