Suspect wanted in Craigslist rental scam

March 16, 2012 7:35:32 PM PDT
Police say a man in Queens told 12 people they could move into an apartment, and took money from them, but the apartment wasn't his to rent.

Peter Kim allegedly told his 12 victims they could move into 43-01 46th Street in Sunnyside.

He advertised the apartment on Craigslist. Once he had interest, he met with the 12 people from February 22nd though March 1st. He allegedly collected deposits and a months rent. Eight of the victims paid $400, the rest paid a whopping $1,500.

His victims were men and women between the ages of 24 and 49.

One of the victims, Summer Long, showed up at the apartment with all of her clothes, five suitcases, and expected to move in.

She found three men already there. Two were police detectives, and the other, she says, was another victim. The man said that he had one of his two dogs euthanized so he could move into the apartment.

None of the victims had anywhere to live. Long, who had been living with her parents, is now staying with a friend.

The suspect Peter Kim (AKA Michael Hong) is described as an Asian Male, approx. 5'08" in height, 130-150 lbs.

Anyone with information in regards to Peter Kim and these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting your tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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