Back on Dec. 18, the Seattle Police Department's Jonah Spangenthal-Lee took to the SPD Blotter blog to detail a bizarre "vigilante sex sting." As he noted, a 28-year-old man stood accused of posing as a federal agent and luring a 19-year-old man to Seattle's Hotel 5 with the promise of sex with an underage girl. The 28-year-old man admitted to authorities he'd posted a fake Craigslist ad offering up intercourse with a 14-year-old girl.
However, though the 28-year-old man claimed to have admirable intentions - catching a pedophile - Seattle Police say he accosted the man he lured to the hotel room and robbed him of cash and a pair of sunglasses. Both men were arrested, and as Levi Pulkkinen of the Seattle PI reports today, the 28-year-old wannabe federal agent has now been charged with extortion.
As the PI notes, the 28-year-old suspect in question has been identified as Adam C. Blazak, a Kokomo Ind. resident and Indiana University student. Citing charging documents in the case, the PI reports that Blazak - identifying himself as a federal agent - attacked and handcuffed his vigilante sex sting victim - apparently a foreign student studying at Seattle University - immediately after he entered the hotel room, releasing him only after he agreed to fork over $191 and a sweet pair of shades.
For background, here's how Seattle Police originally described the bizarre scene via the agency's Blotter blog:
Officers arrested two men at Hotel Five in downtown Seattle Monday after one of the men posted a fake sex ad on a website (which rhymes with Greg's list) and then robbed the other man, who responded to the ad.
When officers arrived at the hotel around 1 pm, a 19-year-old man greeted them and said he was robbed after he went to the hotel to "buy some video games" from another man.
The 19-year-old man met up with a 28-year-old man at the hotel, and the pair went up to a room together. There, the 28-year-old man told the 19-year-old he was a federal agent, ordered him to lay on the ground, and then handcuffed him.
The 28-year-old-who is definitely not a federal agent--let the 19-year-old man go after he forked over $191 and a pair of sunglasses.
When officers contacted the 28-year-old man at the hotel, they were still under the impression this was a straight-up video game-related robbery. At least until the 28-year-old man told police he had posted a fake online ad on Craigslist, offering up sex with an imaginary 14-year-old girl.
Officers then arrested the 28-year-old for extortion and unlawful imprisonment, and asked the 19-year-old if, in fact, he'd gone to the hotel for a rendezvous with a 14-year-old girl.
That's when the 19-year-old changed his story and admitted he had gone to the hotel to meet a girl, although he claimed the imaginary girl in question was actually 18.
Officers arrested the 19-year-old man as well.
Now that the court documents are available, the PI is able to shed more light on what law enforcement says transpired.
From the PI:
"Federal agent, get on the ground!" Blazak yelled at the man, according to charging documents. "Put your hands behind your back! You're under arrest!"
According to charging documents, a hotel employee in the hallway heard some of the incident and later identified both men. Rodgers noted the woman heard the sound of handcuffs being locked.
Having restrained the man, Blazak took his wallet, phone and car keys while continuing to claim to be a law enforcement agent, the detective told the court. Blazak is alleged to have then solicited a bribe from the man.
"Blazak explained that he had a wife and kids and that if (the man) wanted to give him something, he might be willing to let him go," Rodgers told the court.
The man agreed to pay Blazak, and the pair drove to a nearby Bank of America branch, according to charging documents. The man then withdrew $191, which he paid to Blazak.
According to the PI, Blazak posted $50,000 bond and was released the day after his arrest. He has yet to enter an official plea in the case.
Although, as noted by SPD, he was arrested at the time the crime was reported, there's no additional info from the PI regarding the fate of the 19-year-old Seattle U student who responded to Blazak's bogus child-sex ad.