Haggling the Price of Your Life


Creative blackmailing techniques are the only way to get exactly what you want. Pouring gasoline on a man and holding an open flame towards him is certainly one way to get him to hand over some money.

Eboni Hester reached out to an 18-year-old on Snapchat and asked to buy items he was selling. The pair met outside of a Dollar General store in Manchester, New Jersey, to exchange the items only for the woman to have a different plan for the handoff.

Hester doused the man in gasoline and “forced him” to give her $300, the items he was selling and his cellphone. She held a butane torch toward him until he handed over everything she requested. According to Manchester Township Police Department, after Hester robbed the man, she fled to state Highway 37. She was identified as the suspect “through various investigative efforts.”

The 27-year-old is facing charges including robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of weapons and more. Despite being nearly two months after the meet-up took place, Hester is awaiting a detention hearing.

Police are reminding the public that the township has a “safe exchange zone” at the municipal complex where residents can meet for online purchases in a safe, public area.


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