Pennsylvania police say a Johnstown woman was violently murdered while meeting a man she wanted to buy a fridge from in a Facebook Marketplace deal.
According to Crime-Online, Geistown police say 26-year-old Joshua Gorgone is charged with murder in the Facebook Marketplace fridge stabbing of Denise Williams, 54.
Williams was reported missing Monday after leaving her family home to check out a fridge she learned about online. She had hoped to buy the fridge as a gift for her boyfriend.
“She did put up one heck of a fight,” Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said. “This was a violent death that she sustained.”
A 54-year-old Pennsylvania woman is dead and a 26-year-old man charged with her murder after a Facebook Marketplace sale went sideways.
Gorgone reportedly confessed to the Facebook Marketplace fridge murder when confronted by investigators after Williams was found dead in his apartment.
Police allege he confessed to stabbing the woman with a kitchen knife after arguing with her over the price of the refrigerator.
According to Fox 8, Gorgone was arrested Tuesday after police tracked down Williams whereabouts via cell phone tracking and information provided by her family.
“We’re all going to do our jobs and start figuring this thing out and do everything that we can,” says District Attorney Greg Neugebauer. “I’ve spoken with the family members of the deceased and obviously they’re very distraught and very upset as is understandable.”
Investigators say they were able to track the Williams’ phone to her car which was parked outside the apartment complex.
NBC affiliate WJAC in Johnstown reported an autopsy confirmed Williams death was due to massive blood loss caused by the stab wounds during the alleged Facebook Marketplace fridge murder.
Geistown Borough Police Chief Nicholas Zakucia called the stabbing “a tough scene” for responding officers.
“When you lose someone like this or have incidents of this nature, it’s a shock to us all,” he said.
Officials also implored the public to exercise caution when purchasing items from strangers on the internet.
“This was unfortunate; it was a tough scene. It was a tough call for myself and my officers.
The district attorney also provided tips to people in order to avoid something like the alleged Facebook Marketplace fridge murder.
“Use caution when you’re dealing with anybody or anything involving purchasing something through then internet, meeting up with someone,” Neugebauer said.
“Don’t go alone. Don’t invite someone to your house alone to look at something. Always have someone with you or if possible, meet in a public or well-lit place.”
Gorgone is being held at the Cambria County Prison without bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 14. It was not immediately clear if he had retained an attorney available for comment.
The Geistown Police confirm the Richland Township Police Department has taken the suspect Josh Gorgone, 26, into custody.
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