June 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM ET
The latest in Craigslist hijinks: Woman places an ad soliciting sex on Craigslist, only she gives her husband's ex-wife's address and phone number as the recipient.
The Herald-Tribune reported on the arrest of Natasha Larson, 34, who was placed in custody by Bradenton Police on "a felony charge of fraudulent use of personal identification and information." Larson runs a day care service out of her Sarasota, Fla. home.
In the ad, which was placed in mid-February, Larson published her husband's ex-wife's home address and also emailed respondents her cellphone number. That led to unannounced visits from men the victim didn't know, as well as phone calls and "pornographic" text messages. This was the ad:
"I am currently dating a descent man but he is lacking some skills in the bedroom. Its nice but I need to be thrown around a little bit and to be dominated, that is exciting for me. I also like to take charge sometimes but I need a strong man to keep me in check ... Please be respectful if you do stop by."
Because all the nuts roll down to Florida (hey, I grew up there), we can't say we're that surprised. But there are aspects to this that still make us shake our heads, even if the word "respectful" was placed in there. We realize jealousy can make people do crazy things, making adults revert back to high school drama, but what is it with the Craigslist pranking that is so appealing? Do the placers of such ads realize they're sending strangers to a person's house? A person who may have kids at home?
In this case, the victim, Tracy Wilder, had two children at home — two young girls, ages 11 and 13.
Fox 13 News reported that so many men showed up at the victim's home that "she put a sign on the door saying go away."
Larson was busted when one of the men answering the ad turned out to be not such a creep and provided Wilder with information that led to the big reveal of Larson's not-so-funny prank. He said he responded to the ad and in the email he received, he was given the victim's name, address and cellphone number. He provided Wilder with copies of the email and the Craigslist posting, which in turn she brought to the police.
Google and Verizon cooperated with authorities to trace back the ad to Larson, reported the Herald-Tribune. Larson confessed to all of it. She's out on bond now, but may face additional charges, including aggravated stalking.
As for Wilder, she's not laughing at Larson's supposed "joke." She told the Herald-Tribune, "I’m pressing charges, but I would like to see her do a little bit of time. She is acting like it was a joke. To me putting someone’s life in danger, especially children, that’s not funny. That’s not a joke."