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A Dispute Over A Prostitution Ad Involving A Minor Left One Dead, Years Later A Suspect Was Arrested

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Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Dec. 15 2022, Published 1:03 p.m. ET

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A dispute over an internet post designed to prostitute a teenage girl left one person dead. Now, seven years later, police have arrested a murder suspect.

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On Sept. 21, 2015, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida responded to a car fire. When authorities arrived, they found a victim dead from a gunshot wound. The fire was set to try and destroy evidence, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators learned the victim had been in contact with a minor using the website “Backpage.” That site is used to solicit escorts.

The victim had been in contact with the minor multiple times and both people’s cell phones were tracked to the area of the burned car.

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Police investigated, but the case went cold. Until recently, when police got new information. Though, authorities did not say what the new evidence entailed.

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That led police to arrest Sunni Rasshad Jahbari this week in connection to the case. He was charged with second-degree murder, human trafficking and robbery with a firearm.

Authorities said Jahbari was in an altercation with the victim of the posting of a minor being prostituted. During the altercation, Jahbari shot and robbed the victim.

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Authorities said Jahbari was recently arrested in California on an attempted murder charge.

"I am proud of the hard work and dedication my detectives have to this case, and their ability to bring closure to a family after seven years," said Sheriff Carmine Marceno. "My department used the latest and greatest technology to track this case across state lines and arrest a violent offender. My great team will work alongside the State's Attorney Office to secure a conviction and put this oxygen stealer behind bars for the rest of his life.”

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