Markoff to face charges over attempted robbery of stripper in Rhode Island

By Calvin Palmer

The man accused of killing a masseuse at a Boston hotel after he met her through an advert on Craigslist will be charged in connection with the attempted robbery of a Las Vegas stripper at a Rhode Island hotel.

Philip Markoff, 23, is charged with assault to commit a robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a handgun without a license and use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch said today.

The stripper is the third woman Markoff is accused of attacking.

The Boston medical student has been charged with the murder of New York masseuse Julissa Brisman on April 16 and the armed robbery of Las Vegas prostitute Trisha Leffler on April 10.

All three women had placed adverts on Craigslist.

On April 16, Markoff allegedly met a stripper at the Warwick Holiday Inn Express and tried to rob her but was the robbery was foiled when the woman’s husband returned to the hotel room.

Markoff will likely not be formally charged in Rhode Island for at least six months until after his trial on the Massachusetts charges of murder and armed robbery.

He has pleaded not guilty those charges in Boston Municipal Court and is being held without bail at the Nashua Street Jail in Boston.

[Based on reports by the Boston Herald and The Boston Globe.]

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