Man responding to online ad robbed at gunpoint - Tucson News Now

Man responding to online ad robbed at gunpoint

Man robbed after responding to online ad. (Source: Tucson News Now) Man robbed after responding to online ad. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Tucson man responding to an online car ad, ended up dodging bullets when he tried to meet the owner and pay for the car.

The attempted armed robbery happened near East Golf Links and South Pantano roads on Sunday, April 2.

Chris Crawford, said he arranged to meet the seller in a public place, the parking lot of an apartment complex. But he never thought a simple car purchase would end in gunfire.

“I can hear him chasing after me as I’m looking over my shoulder and then pow! He shoots at me again,” Crawford said.

Crawford was searching for a used car when a 1995 Honda Accord station wagon caught his eye on the app “letgo.”

Crawford said he offered to pay the seller $1,000 in cash and they agreed to meet. He said the man didn’t show up in the car that was advertised, and instead he pulled out a pistol and demanded the money. Crawford got away and called 911.

He said police told him the suspect matched the description from a drive-by shooting from earlier this month. Crawford said he was also alarmed to see the same car ad popping up on different websites.

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“(He) tried to rob me at gunpoint so I can only imagine what he’s doing to other people and the fact that he already has a drive-by shooting prior to this incident – it’s only going to be a matter of time before someone actually seriously gets hurt,” Crawford said.

So if you’re looking to buy or sell something online, police recommend meeting in a public place, they offer up their parking lot as a good meeting spot.

Officers say meet during daylight hours. Be sure to tell a trusted friend about your plan and bring them with you. Do not pay in cash, instead use a cashier’s check and make it non-negotiable. If it’s a large transaction, do it at a bank – as the higher the price of the item, the higher the risk.

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