BOSTON (WPRI) - The Boston medical student arrested in connection with theso-called Craigslist killing has been ordered held without bail. PhilipMarkoff, 22, was arraigned in Boston Tuesday afternoon.
Markoff, who remained silent during the court proceeding, ischarged with murdering Julissa Brisman, 26, at the Boston MarriottCopley Place hotel April 14.
According to prosecutors, Markoff lured Brisman, who had offeredmasseuse services on Craigslist, to his hotel room. Prosecutorssaid the Quincy man tried to rob Brisman, and shot her at closerange when she put up a fight.
During the arraignment, prosecutors said investigators found asemi-automatic weapon at Markoff's home, as well as ammunition andmaterial exactly like that used to bind the hands of thevictims.
"This was a brutal, vicious crime -- savage, and it shows PhilipMarkoff is a man who is willing to take advantage of women, to hurtthem, to beat them, to rob them," said Suffold County DistrictAttorney Daniel Conley. "He probably thought he was going to getaway with it. He thought he was too smart for us."
Investigators said they were able to connect Markoff to thecrimes by cell phone activity and internet accounts. Prosecutorssaid Markoff was on his way to Foxwoods casino when police arrestedhim on 1-95 in Walpole, Mass. Monday.
Markoff is also charged with robbery and kidnapping in an April10 assault at the Westin Copley hotel. In addition, police believethere is a "strong connection" between the Boston cases and lastweek's assaultat the Holiday Inn Express in Warwick. In all of the crimes,the victims offered exotic services on Craigslist.
According to Warwick police chief, Col. Stephen McCartney, theinvestigation in the Warwick assault is continuing and hisdepartment is working with several other agencies in order to bringcharges forward.
In the meantime, police want anyone who was the victim ofrobbery after placing an ad on Craigslist to call 401-468-4200 orBoston police at 617-343-4470.
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