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Smyrna Police Search For Rape Suspect Who Posted Craigslist Ad

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SMYRNA, Tenn. – Smyrna Police need help finding a man wanted for rape after posting a Craigslist ad, and believe he may have fled to Florida.

An investigation began on March 22 after police discovered a Craigslist posting by 37-year-old Edward Tarras, Jr. that asked young women, ages 15-24, to pose for pictures for possible publication. He claimed to be a modeling photographer.

A 23-year-old woman told police she had been raped after responding to the Craigslist ad. The victim told police after answering the call, her first meeting with Tarras was at Panera Bread in Smyrna. By the third visit she said she went to Tarras' apartment at Stoneridge Farms when he claimed he needed to get her measurements, and that's when the alleged rape occurred. 

Casting directors in the business said rarely will agents take clients to a private home or post anything through a site like Craigslist. 

"You just need to be extremely careful. Check them out the best you can and make sure where you're meeting and what you give them information is something you feel comfortable with," said Regina Moore.

Smyrna Police believe Tarras fled the area and headed to Florida. They are working with authorities there to locate him.

Police would like to speak with any woman who responded to the Craigslist ad, as well as anyone who may know Tarras' whereabouts. They fear there could be additional victims, some who may be under the age 18. 

"We need to get this predator off the street and make sure he doesn't victimize any other young ladies," said Smyrna Police Detective Allan Nabours. 

Tarras worked at the IHOP in Smyrna. Co-workers told NewsChannel 5 that they are shocked by the accusations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Allan Nabours at 615-459-6644.

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