Man wanted for rape after posting ad on Craigslist
March 28, 2013 10:15 PM
Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter - bio | email
SMYRNA, Tenn. -
Smyrna police are searching for a man they say lured a young woman to his home using a Craigslist ad promising modeling work and then raped her.
Police said Edward Tarras Jr., 37, posted an ad in the "Talent Gigs" section on Craigslist looking for female models between the ages of 15 and 24 years old.
The ad said the work would be for print ads in mostly magazines. It said interested models should send a few photos, their name and age.
A young woman answered the ad and met with Tarras twice.
The first visit occurred in a public place. The two went over what appeared to be paperwork associated with modeling.
"He told her the rest of the paper work was at the residence and he needed to get some of her measurements," Smyrna Police Detective Allan Nabours said. "He got her back to the apartment took some measurements and that was it. The first visit went well."
On the second visit, the woman said Tarras told her he needed to take more measurements.
He had her undress and then the woman said he raped her.
He later called the woman to tell her he would not be using her as a model.
Smyrna police said Tarras is not a professional photographer. He is a waiter at a Smyrna IHOP restaurant.
Tarras met with police on Monday.
At the time police did not arrest him because they did not have enough evidence, including electronic devices to see his email and communication history.
Tarras was supposed to return to the Smyrna's Police Department on Tuesday.
He failed to return and police later learned he was asking friends and family for money to help him leave Tennessee.
Detectives said he boarded a bus Monday evening to Tampa, Florida where he has relatives.
They were able to track him to a hotel in Florida, but when local authorities arrived he was gone.
Police said his family in Florida is being cooperative in the investigation.
Police found evidence that Tarras posted ads looking for models in Craigslist's Nashville and Kentucky forums.
Nabours said Tarras probably has other victims who are young girls and may include minors.
"He is very well versed in it," Nabours said. "I would say we probably have victims already who are afraid to come forward or if they are under the age of 18 they are afraid to tell their parents."
Detective Nabours continued, "We are asking any other potential victims to come forward and to share their stories with us so we can get this predator off the street."
Smyrna police want any one who had interactions with Tarras or know of his whereabouts to contact Detective Allan Nabours at 615-267-5434.
Police also said that anyone who is seeking a modeling job should check out the photographer through the Better Business Bureau or check with established modeling firms to see if they know about the photographer's reputation.