The Morning Blotter: Man Robbed At Gunpoint During Bogus Craigslist Deal

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee November 30, 2010

If you need another reminder that dealing with people on Craigslist sucks, we've got one:

Last week, three suspects robbed a man at gunpoint after he showed up to a South Seattle community center to buy a computer he had seen listed on Craigslist.

At about 6:30pm on November 23rd, the victim met two men—who were both in their late teens—in the parking lot of the community center (a report for the incident doesn't state which one).

According to the report, the suspects "seemed honest and did indeed have a computer, but it was with their friend around the corner."

When the two suspects walked towards a nearby alley to get their friend, a third suspect came around the corner wearing a mask and carrying a gun.

All three suspects then pulled out guns and demanded the victim's money. They then took his cell phone, wallet, credit cards, and ID card.

The suspects then told the man "If you say something to the police, we know where you live".

The man waited three days and eventually called police.

The report notes that the man's credit card was used at a business in South Seattle after the robbery.

Always be careful when buying stuff off of Craigslist, people. Make buyers or sellers meet you at a police precinct!

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