MIAMI ( – Just weeks after a Craigslist ad led to a murder that shocked the nation; a Marine in South Florida is the latest victim of a violent crime that started with an ad on Craigslist.

Wednesday afternoon, Marine Karl Trenker was shot multiple times in his chest when two men met him after Trenker put an ad on Craigslist. Trenker was trying to sell a gold necklace when he met the two suspects.

Trenker told the Broward Sheriff’s Office that when the two men arrived, one of the men took the necklace at gunpoint and the pair took off.

Trenker said he chased both of the men and that during the chase the suspect with the gun turned and shot at him, hitting him multiple times.

“He took off after them thru the path and I heard the first shot go off,” explained a witness who did not want to be identified. “He got out the truck, started chasing the guy that was running, we heard one shot go off, we ran to the back, then we hear 9 other shots going off, like boom, boom, boom.”

Trenker’s four children were in his car when the shooting took place. Fortunately, none of them were hurt.

But, the BSO said it’s already found the two men they believe are responsible for the robbery and shooting.

The BSO arrested Jeff Steele, 20, and James Flounory, 20, for their part in the shooting. Both men were charged with attempted murder and robbery with a firearm. Both men are being held without bail in Broward County.

Trenker remains hospitalized and is in serious but stable condition. Authorities believe his Marine training may have saved his life.

“He was hit 3 – 4 times in the chest and abdomen area,”  said BSO Spokeswoman Dani Moschella.  “He told the detective later on he tried to stop the bleeding by putting his own fingers into his wounds. “

Comments (25)
  1. daimenbokk says:

    Semper Fi, hope he heals.

  2. RANDRAND says:


  3. joe says:

    “his Marine training may have saved his life” …and his lack of common sense almost got him killed.

    1. emil says:

      guys, this is your country’s hero and here you are, demonstrating your disrespect-effeminate morons—-

      1. Smith says:

        How is he a “hero”? Being a marine is nothing, it’s not like he’s Army Special Forces.

  4. steve says:

    agreed joe….i think it’s a case of tough guy syndrome thinking no one is going to pull his card because he’s a big tough marine.

  5. Lolo says:

    he should have met up in a location, such as a store with armed back-up.When dealing with valuables, trust no one.

  6. Jerry says:

    Two less votes for Obama

    1. Bill says:

      LOL!!! My thoughts exactly.

  7. esther says:

    HONESTLY??? Is a gold chain REALLY worth all this trouble? PLEASE.

  8. Solid Citizen says:

    I hope LTC Karl Trenker makes a speedy recovery .. The alleged perps are undoubtably inspired by B.O.’s wealth re-distribution mantra

    Quo warranto, B.O?

  9. John says:

    It’s amazing some of you people comment on the Marine’s lack of wisdom for selling gold on Craigslist instead of the real issue – worthless, murderous thugs on our streets. I’d rather see our soldiers focused on ridding our cities of this kind of vermin than overseas.

    1. Liberty Defined says:

      Ummm, not sure if you understand the US Constitution but the military is controlled by the President and it sounds like you are asking for martial law, with people shot on site without trial and curfews. Maybe a little too much power for one man, to control the lives of 312 million peole with tanks and guns. You might get your wish with the recent National Defense Authorization Act. Now I would agree with the troops patrolling our borders. That is within the President’s US Constitutional powers but you wont see him do it because he doesnt want to lose the latino vote.
      RON PAUL 2012 to bring the troops home and secure our borders.

  10. Bill says:

    LIC Trenker did state that he thought he would be meeting the “buyers” ib a public plaza, And it was his fiance who setup the meeting, and had intended to be there to make the sale. He went because he was not coomfortable with his fiance meeting strangers alone.

  11. Bill says:

    Just one more attempt by the Obama administration to redistribute the wealth.

    1. Liberty Defined says:

      So wrong but so right LOL

  12. Anne says:

    What do those thugs have to do with the Obama administration?

  13. Rob says:

    Just some yoofs trine ta git sum gibs me dat. Nome sayn?

  14. La says:

    If I see 2 black men waiting for me when I get there, I’m driving right on.

    More thuggery here:

    1. Bruce says:

      I agree. This is a too common occurrence on Craigslist. If Trenker had been more up on the US news he might have driven on. Unfortunately, instead he’s had to keep up with the news in other countries.

  15. Exasperated Honky says:

    GD Jigabooz

  16. jim says:

    At what point does a “racist stereotype” become an accepted fact? When people open their eyes.

  17. Ian says:

    The system failed these two guys like it failed most of the posters on this comment board. Both sides scare me and I’m glad I don’t live among the bulk of you.

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