By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff
A woman robbed by a man who is accused of using Craigslist ads to lure victims to hotels said today that she is grateful that police made an arrest.
Trisha Leffler, 29, a prostitute who lives in Las Vegas, was bound with plastic ties, gagged, and robbed at gunpoint on April 10 in a room at the Westin Copley Place hotel. She had arranged to meet the man through an ad she posted on Craigslist.
"I'm glad," Leffler said. "He can't do it to anybody else."
Leffler reported being robbed of a debit card, $800 in cash, and $250 in American Express gift cards. She declined to discuss the attack in detail.
"It's still kind of fresh right now," the woman said.
Last night police arrested a Boston University medical student and charged him with the robbery at the Westin and a similar attack four days later that left a woman dead on the 20th floor of the Marriott Copley. Philip Markoff, 23, was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court.