According to a local report, authorities are offering a reward up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of 31-year-old Isaac Don Burks. Burks is accused of intentionally infecting hundreds of men and women in the Tri-State area with HIV.
On Friday, officials announced eight charges of Criminal Transmission of HIV have been filed against Burks. Police say Burk’s potential victims could date back as far as 2003. Burks is described as an African-American male, six feet two inches tall, weighing 185 pounds. He is 31 years old with medium brown skin. Burks had accounts on Adam4Adam.com, BGCLive.com, Grindr or the popular app Jackd, as he met four of the eight victims on these platforms who have since come forward to authorities.
He’s sick in the head!” the alleged victim, who didn’t want to be identified, told NBC News. “He told me that he was recently tested and was negative, and then I found his AIDS meds hidden in his closet. He confessed everything when I confronted him.” The man, who was diagnosed with HIV in October 2012, said Burks told him there were more than 300 victims including men and women. “He has been in a drug fueled downward spiral since his mother died. He loves to party with cocaine, crystal meth, ecstasy, or weed,” said the alleged victim. “Once you’re inebriated you let your guard down. He goes after people who are negative. He mostly sleeps with men, and from what I understand, he sometimes prostitutes
Health officials released an alert to residents of New York stating that “possibly hundreds have been exposed to HIV,” and encouraged possible victims to come forward and be tested. According to New York City Health Department spokesperson Kate Caraway, this is the first time they have seen someone deliberately trying to spread HIV to so many people. ”We want to make sure that anyone who may have injected drugs with , who may have had s*x with him, does come forward and get tested,” Caraway told the TV station. “We want to make sure that they’re not spreading the virus to anyone else.”
Burks has gone by several alias throughout the years including: Stephawn Burks, Stefan Levine, Isaac Levine, Stefan Burks, and Walter Brooks. He also has numerous outstanding warrants in several states for Fraud, Forgery, Identity Theft, and Financial Identity Fraud.
Burks is still at large. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Isaac Burks is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC (888-274-6372). Your call will remain anonymous.