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Report: ‘Catfish’ hooked victim

Report: ‘Catfish’ hooked victim
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 8:30am

A man found dead on a Longview street two days before Christmas may have been lured to his death by a “catfish” — a person who creates a false online identity to pursue online romance.

Alejandro “Alex” Garcia, 22, of Winona set up a fake Facebook profile posing as a Hispanic woman named “Monica Ayalin,” according to witness statements in a criminal complaint filed against him.

The Facebook profile showed “various conversations” exchanged with 19-year-old Andres Chavez, the man found dead Dec. 23 near the Whistlestop Mobile Home Community in the 1100 block of Sabine Street.

Investigators also found Facebook posts indicating Ayalin and Chavez were in a relationship, the complaint indicates, and that Garcia used the profile to lure Chavez to the location where his body was found.

Another witness told police Chavez “believed he was coming to the Whistlestop to go on a date.”

Ayalin’s Facebook profile shows she entered a relationship with Chavez on Dec. 20.

The complaint indicates Garcia earlier had told his sister she was in danger of being raped by Chavez and that he was going to “end any chance of Chavez hurting her.”

Garcia’s sister told police Garcia wanted her boyfriend to help him confront Chavez but that he refused and the two left because they “did not want to be a part of anything.”

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