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Man Killed Execution Style While Trying To Buy Playstation Online

Police found Danny Diaz-Delgado near a creek with his hands tied behind his back and tape around his face.

By Jon Silman

Danny Diaz-Delgado just wanted to buy a Playstation for his little brother. He found one he liked online, and met a man to buy it. 

He ended up bound and gagged, riddled with bullet holes, near a creek in New Jersey.

Rufus Thompson, 29, is accused of kidnapping, robbing and murdering Diaz-Delgado after meeting him under the pretense of selling the game system, according to NJ.com. It was the first and last time the two men crossed paths.

Diaz-Delgado, 20, answered an ad March 20 and met Thompson to buy the game system after he withdrew money from the bank. Thompson kidnapped him and took him to some nearby woods. 

Diaz-Delgado was then tortured for his bank PIN number, according to FOX6. Thompson then used Diaz-Delgado's bankcard to get more money. Police said Diaz-Delgado was shot in the head, torso and leg multiple times. 

Police got the call about an unconscious and unresponsive male on the ground near a creek in the Hamilton Township area of Mercer County, New Jersey, at around 2 p.m. on March 24. It was Diaz-Delgado, according to The Trentonian. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Four divers from the Trenton Fire Department spent about two hours in the water looking for evidence. 

Diaz-Delgado planned to meet two people that day, according to the Trentonian. First the console seller and then someone buying video games. He never got the chance to make it to the second meeting.

Thompson was picked up at a friend's house on March 31. He is charged with murder, as well as felony murder, robbery, kidnapping and weapon charges.

Thompson has previously pleaded guilty to burglary charges in Mercer County. In 2016, he was sentenced to three years in prison, according to NJ.com. Prosecutors in the case said they will file a motion to deny him pre-trial release.

According to his obituary, Diaz-Delgado enjoyed "sports, camping, martial arts, and track and field." He was a lifeguard and involved with youth programs at his church.

He's survived by his parents, siblings and many nieces and nephews. 

[Photo: Mercer County Prosecutor's Office]