Colton Beall, 18, accused of plotting murder online
A former Roswell High School student who allegedly made a request on a website to have two female fellow students killed has been arrested.
Colton Beall, 18, was arrested Thursday in Manchester, Tennessee on a warrant from the Roswell Police Department, according to a press release issued by the Roswell Police Department.
Beall, who is wanted on two charges of criminal solicitation to commit murder, will be extradited back to Roswell to face charges. No other details about the arrest were disclosed before press time Thursday.
The charges against Beall stem from a Feb. 14 grand jury indictment, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.
Beall allegedly filled out forms back in December on a website called “Rent-A-Hitman: Your Point and Click Solution” to have two 16-year-old female Roswell High students strangled with a belt as part of a fantasy he had. The requests were made in December when Beall was a senior at Roswell High. He later moved away from Roswell with his parents.
The release states that although the website does not appear to offer the implied services, investigators believe Beall’s murderous intentions and requests were real.
Roswell Police were informed about Beall’s alleged solicitations when the owner of the website — based out of Novato, California — contacted the department, the release states.
Police were told by the website operator that Beall filled out forms on the website that contained the names of the two targeted females, their addresses and how he wanted them killed. Beall’s street address, phone number, email address and, in one case, his actual name were included on the submitted forms.
The website’s owner later explained to investigators he launched the site in 2005 for a startup company that would provide computer hacking and detection services to customers, according to the press release.
Founders of the company offered to service computers as hackers or “hitmen” who could hack into a customer’s computer and identify breaches so computer security issues could be addressed, the release states.
The company never really got started, but the website remained in place as a “parody hitman” site.
The release states the owner eventually discovered some people were taking the website seriously and requesting murders. He then began transferring information received through the website to law enforcement agencies.
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