In Hapeville Georgia the police department had issued a warrant for the arrest of Tahreem Zeus Rana. The police officer was charged with kidnapping, arson and the murder of a woman he met on Craigslist. He was finally arrested on August 28th, 2014 at the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport while trying to obtain a flight to take him to Mexico. He had been placed on a no fly list and was allowed to get through security to ensure he was not armed. The police then arrested him.
A Hapeville city employee had discovered the body of 26 yr old Veronica Woodard on August 22nd, 2014 at the end of Elm Street. She had been taken to a remote area, shot multiple times and her body was set on fire to cover up any evidence. According to the Hapeville police, the Atlanta police officer and Woodard had supposedly met on Craigslist for a romantic exchange. The evening she was killed was their first actual meeting in person.
The police at this time have not stated the official cause of death for Woodard. She recently relocated from New York to Atlanta where some of her family lives.
Officer Rana grew up in Hapeville and has now been placed on non enforcement status as he awaits his first court appearance, He is being held in the Fulton County Jail. Subscribe for updates.
Meeting People Online Can Be Dangerous
While Craigslist is not the only place you can meet people online, you need to be aware of who you are meeting. You also need to make sure you meet in a safe and heavily populated place. You never want to place yourself in a position where there is no possible escape. Like in someones car, house or even at your own home. You never know who you are meeting. This circumstance is very sad and unfortunate. While one would think a police officer is safe, you can not judge someone by their appearance or profession alone. Please remember if you are going to meet anyone off the internet or even in real life situations such as a bar or night club. You need to be careful.