I don’t consider the following story a craigslist crime per se. To me a craigslist crime is one where craigslist was instrumental in helping a criminal locate a victim. However, due to the level of brutality that took place, I couldn’t just ignore this story.
In Miami, Danielle Jones has been brutally beaten and stabbed and is currently in a coma clinging to life. Even sadder is that she may not make it. Police believe the perpetrator to be Jones’ roommate 35-year-old Byron Mitchell. Mitchel responded to Jones craigslist ad for a roommate.
Police say that a week after Mitchell moved in he assaulted Jones by beating her and cutting her face. She sustained multiple lacerations and face and skull fractures. She is currently on a ventilator. Mitchell, who allegedly owns a health and fitness business, is claiming the attack was self-defense. Personally, I get the feeling that a health and fitness owner could defend himself from a 23-year-old woman without putting her in a coma.
Danielle Jones’ family had posted the pictures of Danielle lying in her hospital bed on a GoFundMe page for Danielle. The injuries are horrific and looked more like a sadistic beating than any kind of self-defense.
Jones’ own mother is now trying to warn people about getting roommates on craigslist and I couldn’t agree more. I have posted more than a few stories where victims have ended up dead or assaulted by craigslist roommates whether it be the person placing the ad or the one responding to it.
No matter how you use craigslist it has devolved into the internet’s largest game of Russian Roulette.
UPDATE 2/21/2016: Danielle Jones has opened her eyes but doctors are afraid that she may have extensive brain damage from the vicious attack.
UPDATE 3/3/2016: This past Tuesday Mitchell was denied bond. The same article also states that investigators believe that Mitchell allegedly tried to cut off Ms, Jones’ lips and eyelids during the vicious attack.
On an even more distressing note, members of Ms. Jones’ family are saying that she may not ever see again.
“Her eyes have hemorrhaged because he strangled her so badly. The doctors are saying she might not be able to see,” her cousin, Kaitlin Cabot, told Inside Edition.
UPDATE 3/11/2016: Danielle Jones has come out of her coma after 24 days.
UPDATE 3/19/2016: Danielle Jones is now speaking as well.
If you’d like you can make donations for her medical expenses at her GoFundMe page.
UPDATE 6/12/2019: Mitchell has been found guilty of attempted murder and is facing life in prison at sentencing.