Lynnwood man murdered by suspect he met through online ad, police say

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my newsLynnwood resident Christopher Davis was murdered by a man he met through a Craigslist ad, according to court documents filed by the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Friday, Oct. 16.

Suspect Christopher Lott Garcia Gonzalez has been charged with Second Degree Murder and Theft of a Motor Vehicle in Snohomish County Superior Court.

In the court documents, Lynnwood Police allege that Gonzalez, 23, answered an ad for a housecleaner placed by Davis, 32, on Sept. 4. The ad read in part “Lking for hot male housecleaner (Lynnwood).” Davis and Gonzalez allegedly had consensual sex and Gonzalez subsequently moved in with the victim, police say. Gonzalez, however, was supposed to move out on Sept. 12 after the two had some sort of disagreement.

Lynnwood Police discovered Davis’ body on Sept. 20 in his townhouse located in the 19300 block of 36th Ave. W, in Lynnwood, following a request for a welfare check on the victim by a friend. His death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office. It is believed that Davis had been strangled on or about Sept. 14.

In phone records obtained by police, Davis was determined to have called and texted a phone associated with Gonzalez more than 54 times, police say. An email from the suspect also detailed his response to a cleaning ad.

Davis’ car was reported missing and placed on a stolen vehicle list. Davis’ cell phone also was missing. On Oct. 10, Lynnwood Police received word that the victim’s car had been recovered in San Jose, Calif., and that a man, later identified as Gonzalez, was inside. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen with the license plates removed and paper tags place upon it.

The suspect generally matches the description of a photo retrieved from a friend of Davis. The friend said that Davis had sent him photos of the man who answered his housecleaner ad and who moved into Davis’ townhouse, the court documents say.

One of two phones that Gonzalez was found in possession of is the same model as the Davis’ missing phone. A search is being done to confirm that it is Davis’ phone. Gonzalez claimed that he bought the car from a “Salvadoran dude” he met in Everett on Aug. 28. Davis was still alive and in possession of the vehicle at this time.

The state requested that bail be set in the amount of $1 million. Prosecutors say the defendant is clearly a flight risk and may leave the country is released. Gonzalez is currently being held in California.

— By David Pan

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