SoCal Agent raped & beaten.

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Corona man suspected of raping, stabbing real estate agent

Corona Police arrested a 33-year-old Corona man Friday night on suspicion of raping and stabbing a real estate agent.

Police said Shawn David Yates arranged a meeting with the agent acting like a prospective buyer. When the agent showed up to the home on Silvestre Court, Yates took the woman by knifepoint into the home, police said.

Yates raped the agent then began stabbing her with a knife, police said. The woman fought back and was able to get away and run to a neighboring home where police were called.

The woman was taken to a hospital with multiple stab wounds.

Yates was booked on suspicion of rape and attempted murder.

-Rocky Salmon
rsalmon@PE.com

Posted by PE.com at 11:40 AM, March 08

Source - The Press Enterprise

Please, please, please, all of you be extra careful. This sort of ting happens too often and it is so preventable.  Please, if you don't know the prospect, go with another agent, meet at the office, whatever it takes. The market is tough enough - no use making it any worse.

Gene Wunderlich - Selling Southwest California Homes including Temecula, Murrieta and the Southern California Wine Country.

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Ron Tarvin
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Very sad...

We have to protect ourselves but so many times, things go right for so long we get lax. 

Mar 08, 2008 08:28 PM #1
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Mark Hawley
Keller Williams Realty - Indio, CA

<GASP>

This truly is a reminder to use extreme caution when meeting buyers who are out of our sphere of influence.  I know an agent in my office who was called by a "professional baseball player" who wanted to look at some million-dollar-plus homes.  The agent just felt something odd about it since he called her off an ad in the newspaper.  It was odd that a professional baseball player would come into town and call out of the newspaper.   He said he was a player from a Florida team, but his number was a local cell area code.  She never did go on the appointment becuase there were other holes in his story.

Mar 08, 2008 08:28 PM #2
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Highland Beach Condos David Serle
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Boca Raton Agent David Serle
That is just horrible, I hope she is okay.  We sometimes have a sense of false security.  We have to keep on our toes,a nd continue to preach safety and security first.  I wish her a speedy recovery!!!
Mar 08, 2008 08:33 PM #3
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Sonya Rosser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Douglasville, GA
Oh my God, we definitely need to be extremely careful.  She is in my prayers.  There are some crazy people in this world.  I never meet a potential buyer alone unless I personally know them.  One of my areas is Cobb County, GA., where two agents were killed some years ago.  I have learned from that never to go out showing potential buyers property.  I always try to meet people I do not know at my office.  Thanks for sharing and encouraging us to be more careful.
Mar 08, 2008 08:36 PM #4
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Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
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Awful, awful, awful story. I hate hearing these types of stories. I hope that guy never sees the light of day again. And I hope that the agent will be ok, although those scars will last forever. Be cautious out there. 
Mar 08, 2008 08:45 PM #5
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
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I have not heard of any such attacks in our area, but agents always need to be on their guard.
Mar 09, 2008 12:42 AM #6
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Anthony Saunchez
Century 21 Town & Country - San Bernardino, CA
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There are too many of these awful stories and ALL of us need to take precautions.

The first rule which we should never violate is to always have prospects pre-approved. This serves a number of purposes; such as save is time providing taxi serve to unqualified buyers but even more important is the fact that we have a potential reference check for this person.

People who are up to no good will not want so many eyes on them. Apply this with all our safety rules and we may all have better days.

Oh and always let someone know where you are at all times.

Mar 09, 2008 02:47 PM #7
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Mike Jones
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Gene, 

Safety is absolutely number one for us here in Southern Arizona.  Thanks for a useful post!

Mike in Tucson

Mar 10, 2008 12:24 PM #8
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
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Gene- This is why I tell women agents to not go alone to any vacant house or to meet a man at any house where they will be alone. I am sorry if that sounds sexist. But it is for their own safety! 
Mar 10, 2008 08:50 PM #9
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John Walters
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The women in real estate really need to watch themselves.  They are vulnerable and need to bring someone with them.
Mar 10, 2008 09:27 PM #10
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