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Craigslist Killer wannabe charged with assault, robbery

Janelle Vreeland

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Would-be Craigslist Killer told victim he was interested in a boat

The “Craigslist Killer” movie may have been a hit for Lifetime, but its story appears to have inspired a man in Florida.

The Current Argus reports that Ronald Kroll fell victim to a wannabe Craigslist Killer after the man had contacted him about a boat he was selling. The would-be Craigslist Killer, identified as Darin Leutbecker, had Kroll take the boat out into the water to test it out. Kroll became suspicious when the boat was directed away from other boaters.

Kroll attempted to steer the boat back to shore when Leutbecker pulled out a handgun. The two fought and fell overboard, struggling in chest-deep water.

Kroll was able to cut Leutbecker across the neck with a pocketknife before swimming to safety. Police later found Leutbecker at a hospital where he was arrested. Leutbecker has been charged with robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, grand theft and battery.

“I think he would have killed me if he had the chance,” Kroll said.

Read more about the would-be Craigslist Killer here.

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