Buyer beware: Man answers Craigslist ad, allegedly robbed at gunpoint

Written by on April 3, 2013 in Crime, Neighborhood Watch - Southeast - Comments Off


N. Highland Ave., 600 block, March 24, 3 a.m. A woman told police that during an argument with her boyfriend, he bit her on the wrist and took her cell phone. He then took her bag and fled. A warrant was issued.

S. Conkling St., 200 block, March 26, 9:10 a.m. A man told police that he was walking when two suspects approached, who demanded his money and then started assaulting him. The victim told them he had no money; he was knocked to the ground. He got up and fought back; the suspects fled.

Granby St., 900 block, March 26, 9:55 p.m. A man told police he was looking to purchase two Apple laptops for $2,500 from a Craigslist seller. The meeting place was 100 Granby St. The victim advised the suspect that he couldn’t find the address; the suspect told him to meet him at Granby and High streets. When the victim arrived, the suspect and two others robbed him of his money, wallet, license, and cell phone at gunpoint. They fled on foot.

S. Eaton St., 200 block, March 27, 6 a.m. A woman told police that she was on the block when another woman approached and told her she needed to talk. The woman approached and punched her in the chest, and then went into the victim’s purse and removed $20. The suspect was found and arrested by patrol.

E. Fairmount Ave., 3100 block, March 28, 12:40 a.m. A man told police he was walking the block with a female friend. Two suspects approached, grabbed him by his jacket, and pushed him against a wall. They demanded the contents of his pockets and pointed a handgun at him. They went through his pockets and took his iPhone and $15. They fled on foot; a warrant was obtained for one of the suspects.

Claremont Ave., 3900 block, March 29, 11:48 a.m. Three female suspects entered the grocery store. Two went to the back while the third stood by the door. The victim said that one of them put baby formula in her bag. He took the bag from the suspect, who maced him. The three got out of the store, but they didn’t manage to take anything. Two of the suspects were found and arrested during an area canvas.

N. Belnord Ave., 400 block, March 29, 6:37 p.m. A man said that while walking the block, he was approached by two suspects. He said that one of them hit his shoulder with a metal pipe while the other tried to take his gym bag. A struggle for the gym bag ensued; the suspect continued to strike the victim with the pipe. The suspects then fled.

Mt. Pleasant Ave., 3500 block, March 30, 1:06 p.m. A man told police that he was approached by a man who then pushed him to the ground. The victim screamed; the attacker fled. Two more suspects, however, then approached and started to go through his pockets. They took his money and fled.

N. Curley St., 200 block, March 30, 6 p.m. Officers saw two suspects running in the 500 block of Belnord Ave. The officers were then flagged down by family members of the victim, who told them that she had just been robbed by the running suspects. The suspects were found and arrested. The victim old police that they had tried to take her purse off her lap through her car window as she was attempting to park.

E. Lombard St., 3600 block, March 30, 9:25 p.m. The suspect allegedly entered the gas station and asked for a pack of cigarettes. He reached over the counter and pointed a black semiautomatic at the clerk’s neck and told him to open the register. The clerk told him how to open the register; the suspect opened it and took the money. He fled north on Conkling St.


N. Milton Ave., 200 block, March 24, 10 a.m. A man told police that someone pried open his door and took a Playstation 3, Samsung phone, and two cameras.

N. Port St., 500 block, March 24, 4 p.m. A woman said that she came home to find that someone had entered her home via a rear, second-floor window and taken various property.

N. Port St., 500 block, March 25, 1 p.m. Police received a call of a burglary in progress. They arrived to the vacant property; the front and rear doors were welded shut. The Fire Department responded, and while the house was being secured, the suspect escaped via the front window and ran north into an alley on Port St.

N. Broadway, 300 block, March 26, 1:30 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed in the side window to Popeye’s and took the cash register, which was recovered in the 200 block of Bethel Ct. A little over $5 was taken.

N. Kenwood Ave., 200 block, March 26, 5:35 p.m. A neighbor observed a suspect removing things from a vacant property. When asked what he was doing, the suspect told the neighbor he was working on the property. The neighbor called the owner and then police, after the owner said that nobody should have been there. While the neighbor was calling, the suspect began walking up the block, where he was arrested.

N. Belnord Ave., 200 block, March 26, 6 p.m. A woman reported that someone entered through the front window and took a laptop, PC, TV, and cable box.

Orleans St., 2400 block, March 27, 10 a.m. A man told police that that he returned to his vacant property to find that someone had taken copper wires and an air conditioner.

S. Conkling St., unit block, March 27, 5 p.m. A man reported that he returned to his vacant property to find copper wiring gone. The board covering the rear window had been pushed in.

Thames St., 1600 block, March 27, 7:30 p.m. The front door of the business was forced open and four boxes of T-shirts plus paperwork was stolen.

N. Glover St., 600 block, March 28, 2 a.m. A woman told police that she awoke in her home and heard voices downstairs. She went to the staircase and saw a whole bunch of people in her house. She called out “Who’s in my house?” Someone replied, “Yo.” The woman saw a female leg going out the front door—no property was taken.

N. Lakewood Ave., 400 block, March 28, 1:10 p.m. A woman told police that she was home when suspects came in through her rear window. The suspects rummaged through drawers and tried to take a TV. The woman locked herself in her bedroom and called police, who arrived in time to arrest two men.

S. Curley St., 100 block, March 29, 8 a.m. A man said that he returned to find that somebody had entered his home through his unlocked front door and taken two TVs and a computer.

Aggravated Assault

Holabird Ave., 6500 block, March 24, 1:45 a.m. A man told police that he had just left the restaurant and was waiting to get into a cab when the suspects approached. The first suspect asked for a cigarette; as the victim was holding it out for him, a second suspect punched him in the face. Then all the suspects joined in the beating. The victim required surgery for a broken jaw.

E. Pratt St., 1700 block, March 24, 2:14 p.m. An officer responded to the location and found the victim lying on his back in the street suffering from a large cut to the face and losing a lot of blood. A witness approached and said that the male suspect had broken a bottle on the light post and slashed the victim with it before fleeing. The victim required surgery.

E. Pratt St., 1600 block, March 24, 8:40 p.m. The owner of the bar told police that he observed the suspect acting disorderly and asked him to leave. The suspect was taken outside where an argument started. At one point, the suspect took out a box cutter knife and told the owner he was going to kill him; a security guard jumped between the two and suffered a cut to his hand. The patron was arrested.

N. Kenwood Ave., 100 block, March 27, 8 p.m. A fight began between two roommates. The suspect pushed the victim until he fell onto the couch, and then he repeatedly hit him in the head, face and body. The third roommate could not break it up. The victim was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition with severe brain damage and bleeding of the brain. A warrant was issued for the suspect.

Douglas Ct., 200 block, March 30, 5:20 p.m. A woman told police that while she and another woman were arguing over keys, the other woman stabbed her in the bicep with a steak knife. The suspect was arrested.

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