Couple 'Meet' Online, Get Off On Wrong Foot

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A man and woman arranged through a prominent Internet site to meet Sunday in Fairfax County, but it apparently did not go well, and the man was allegedly attacked with a high-heeled shoe, county police said.

They said a 21-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were arrested on prostitution-related charges.

Police said they went to a hotel in the 3100 block of Fairview Park Drive in the Falls Church area of the county about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after a fight was reported.

They said they determined that a man had responded to an advertisement on Craigslist and arranged to meet a woman at the hotel. However, police said, an argument broke out in a room over what police described as "missing money."

The dispute became physical, a police statement said, and the woman "allegedly assaulted the man with her high-heeled shoe."

Police said Briseida J. Barr, 24, of Las Vegas, was charged with prostitution and simple assault. They said Berkan M. Kansu, 21, of Falls Church was charged with solicitation of prostitution.

They said he was issued a summons, released and then taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

Neither could be reached last night.

On its Web site, Craigslist describes itself as "local classifieds and forums" in more than 500 cities, on which "just about anything" can be found. It says the overwhelming majority of users are trustworthy and well-intentioned.

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