Teen Arrested for Attempted Murder After Craigslist Hookup
Just weeks after moving to South Florida from Kansas, a 19-year-old man was found covered in blood and arrested for attempted murder after a Craigslist date that went horribly wrong.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office took Brandon Hinck into custody for allegedly stabbing 49-year-old Dave Sero, who was in town for a vacation. According to the BSO, the pair met after Hinck posted a casual-encounter ad on Craigslist. After meeting at a Boca gas station, they then went to Hinck's hotel in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
Inside the room, each man gives a different story. Sero has told police that he and Hinck agreed to having mutual sex but that instead he got his throat cut and was then stabbed several more times. Hinck says Sero attempted to rape him and he fought back. Whatever happened in the room, police say it led to the pair getting into a physical struggle that spilled out into the hotel hallway, where hotel employees found them. Sero was naked, covered only in blood. Hinck was clothed and bloody. A knife was found in the room.
According to police, Hinck admitted to stabbing Sero but refused to speak further without an attorney present.
The Kansas teen just moved to the area, according to his Facebook page. On October 23, Hinck posted a photo of a plane ticket to West Palm Beach with the status update: "Well everyone has to leave sometime."
He is currently being held without bond on the attempted murder charge.
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