Evidence links Craigslist murder suspect to attack in Rhode Island

By Calvin Palmer

Police in Rhode Island say they have evidence linking a Boston University medical student accused of killing a masseuse to a hotel where a third crime occurred.

A police source says fingerprints belonging to Philip Markoff were found on the wall of the Holiday Inn Express, in Warwick, where a Las Vegas stripper says she was attacked by a man she met through a Craigslist ad.

The source also says Markoff sent text messages from the hotel.

“He definitely sent text messages literally within moments of the attack,” said the source.

Markoff, 23, of Quincy, is charged the murder of 25-year-old Julissa Brisman, of New York City, during an alleged botched robbery at the Boston Marriot Copley Place. Brisman advertised as a masseuse on Craigslist.

He is also charged with kidnapping and armed robbery relating to La Vegas prostitute Trisha Leffler at the Westin Copley hotel in Boston. Leffler had advertised private lap dances on Craigslist.

Markoff has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

He has not been charged in the Rhode Island incident.

[Based on reports by newsday.com and The Boston Globe.]

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