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Mollie Tibbetts’ suspected murderer creeped out other young women

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Cristhian
Bahena Rivera speaks with his attorney during his initial court
appearance at the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma,
Iowa.


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  • The man charged with first-degree murder in the death
    of 20-year old Mollie Tibbetts reportedly made repeated
    unsolicited advances on social media towards local young
    women. 
  • One woman told The New York Times that she once
    rejected Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s advances, but he repeatedly
    messaged her over social media.
  • She said she discussed Bahena Rivera with female
    friends, and they said he messaged them, too.
  • “Something about him was off,” said a 20-year-old Iowa
    woman who turned him down for a date. 

The man charged with first-degree murder in the death of 20-year
old Mollie Tibbetts made repeated unsolicited advances on social
media towards local young women, according to a New York Times report

Cristhian Bahena
Rivera
 was a familiar fixture in Brooklyn, Iowa, where
he worked for the last four years at a dairy farm a
few miles from where Tibbetts was last seen.

Brooke Bestell, a local 20-year-old woman, told the Times she
once turned him down when he asked her out on a date, but he
repeatedly messaged her on Facebook late at night though they
didn’t speak in person.

“He would just stare. He wouldn’t really like talk,” Bestell
said. “Something about him was off.”

Bestell said he would message her “just over and over, like every
week or so.” She said the most recent message from Bahena Rivera
came June 13 at 3 a.m.

After Bahena Rivera was arrested, two of Bestell’s friends told
her that he had also messaged them and Bestell said she wondered
“how many other girls he probably was trying to talk to.”

Bahena Rivera is jailed on a $5 million cash bond after
prosecutors allege he abducted Tibbetts while she was
out for an evening run in Brooklyn on July 18, killed her, and
disposed of her body in a cornfield.

Preliminary autopsy
results
 from the state medical examiner’s office found
Tibbetts died from “multiple sharp force injuries.”

Law enforcement officials and Bahena Rivera’s employer told the
Times that the suspect seemed like a hardworking and law-abiding
presence in the community, who was often seen in the local park
and grocery store.

Authorities said Bahena Rivera and Tibbetts have no
known connection beyond that he allegedly told investigators that
he had seen her running previously.

The case has rocked the small town and dominated political
discussion after President Donald Trump jumped on the
news that Rivera was allegedly in the country illegally and
called for stricter immigration laws, calling current laws a
disgrace.” 
Tibbetts’ family has
hit back at the illegal immigration discussion surrounding the
case. 

The heavy coverage of Tibbetts’ case has sparked online
discussion over a recorded minimum 48 Iowa juveniles who
went missing in July. Though the nervewracking statistic
circulated online, officials told USA Today it
was within expected rates. 

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