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Did the Lure of Gay Sex Lead Brian Betts To His Murder By Three Stupid Teens?

D.C. police have arrested three 18-year-olds suspects (Sharif Tau Lancaster, Alante Saunders, and an unnamed third) for the mid-April murder and robbery of 42-year-old middle-school principle Brian Betts. According to police, the suspects found Betts through a gay sex hotline, entered his home, shot him, and made off with his wallet and SUV. Police tracked down the teenagers through fingerprints found on Betts’ abandoned SUV and through purchases made with Betts credit card (teenagers are stupid).

The modus operandi of the criminals sounds somewhat similar to the felon who robbed gay victims at gunpoint and the stabbing death of WABC reporter George Weber. Both cases involved criminals who sought out gay victims through sex personals. Perhaps our community needs a PSA campaign about safer and savvier sex cruising.