Hilton Hotel guest robbed after posting Craigslist ad
June 25, 2012 10:38 AM CDT
18-year-old Vivian Ferello
18-year-old Dakota Davis
18-year-old Brittany Huff
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Three people are in custody following a bizarre robbery at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Nashville early Saturday morning.
Police said the victim, Edward Bruno, posted an ad on Craigslist in which he expressed an interest in massaging and licking a woman's feet.
Bruno, 46, of New York, was a guest at the hotel on Lower Broadway.
Eighteen-year-old Vivian Ferello answered the ad and made arrangements to come to Bruno's room.
According to the affidavit, Bruno agreed to pay Ferello $100 per hour to massage and lick her feet.
Unbeknownst to Bruno, Ferello allegedly conspired with three other persons to rob him of his money and belongings.
Ferello knocked on Bruno's door just after Midnight. When he opened it, two men with her tackled him as Ferello left.
During the ensuing struggle, a knife was used to slash Bruno on his right arm.
The two suspects took Bruno's money, laptop and iPad before fleeing.
Bruno sustained lacerations to his arm and back of the head and severe bruises to the head.
Hotel staff saw Ferello, Dakota Davis and another man running from the building.
Security caught up with and detained Davis.
Ferello got into a maroon Toyota Camry being driven by Brittany Huff and fled the area.
An officer spotted the car and initiated a traffic stop on nearby Demonbreun Street at 6th Avenue South.
Ferello and Huff, 18, were subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.
Davis, 18, was charged with especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated burglary.
Leads are being pursued in the effort to identify and apprehend the fourth suspect, a man reportedly named "Bryce", who got away before police arrived at the hotel.
Police remind persons who use online advertising through services such as Craigslist to buy or sell items are urged to conduct any face to face transactions in well lit, very public and populated areas.