Miami man accused of rape allegedly posed as a photographer on Craigslist

A man in Miami charged with rape attracted some of his victims posing as a photographer on Craigslist, the web page of classified ads, police said.

The man, identified by Miami-Dade Police as Anthony Molina-Iglesias, 30, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of sexual assault (one with the use of a weapon).

In the most recent incident, on June 28, two women said they knew Molina-Iglesias through Craigslist, the police report states.

According to the report:

The women, ages 20 and 23, traveled from Orlando to Miami under the impression that Molina-Iglesias was going to take their pictures for modeling. Instead, they became victims of the suspect.

At about 3 p.m., Molina-Iglesias got in the car of one of the victims and directed her to a series of empty lots with wooded areas in the outskirts of Miami, close to 129th Avenue NW and 13th Street. Molina-Iglesias took the 23-year-old deeper into the wooded area while the 20-year-old remained next to her car changing her clothes for what she thought was going to be a photo shoot.

Once he moved away from the car, Molina-Iglesias choked the woman until she fainted and fell, according to the police report. Then he tied her hands behind her back with plastic bands, ripped off her clothes and raped her.

Molina-Iglesias returned to the car and guided the second victim to the wooded are and he also strangled her and tied her hands. The police report does not say whether Molina-Iglesias raped the second woman.

The suspect fled the scene in the car of the first victim, leaving both women behind.

This is the second time Molina-Iglesias is accused of posing as a photographer to rape a woman. The first accusation relates to an incident on Feb. 13 with a 20-year-old woman who said she had known the suspect through a friend.

Molina-Iglesias promised the young woman free modeling photos, according to the police report, which said he took her to the same isolated wooded area and raped her at gunpoint.

“I know he was charged. But I don’t know whether he did it or not,” said José Iglesias, Molina-Iglesias’s uncle, to CBS 4. “We are stunned by this. In case he really did it.”

Read more Florida stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category