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St. Louis Craigslist Robbers: Christopher Duffy, Devion Russell Allegedly Lure Victims With Ads

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Christopher Duffy, 22.

Is it safe to buy stuff on Craigslist?

Not if you're responding to the ads of Christopher Duffy, 22, and Devion Russell, 20, who police say twice plotted robberies via St. Louis Craigslist -- luring victims with promises of a used car and then robbing them at gunpoint.

Police have charged the two men in connection with the incident last Wednesday, in which a man was shot in the face when he went to check out a vehicle from Craigslist.

And that was the second armed robbery the two suspects orchestrated last week, police say.

The lengthy probable cause statements of both men, on view below, say that on Monday, April 1, a man and his son showed up to the 4600 block of Bessie Avenue to view and potentially buy an SUV that had been advertised on Craigslist.

They had talked with seller via text message and had set up a time to meet, the report says.

Duffy then approached the victims and told them to come to an alley to purchase the car. At this point, the two reportedly refused and asked that he bring the car to the street to show them.

Duffy then disappeared behind the home and came back a short while later -- with a gun.

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Devion Russell, 20.

The suspects stole $2,500 from the two and then fled in the victims' pickup truck.

Then, two days later, as we reported, the pair plotted a similar scheme, this time on the 4400 block of Elmbank Avenue. According to the charges, the three victims in this instance didn't get out of the car and tried to drive away when the suspects pulled out a gun on them.

That's when one man, the driver, was shot in the face, the report says.

Police say he managed to drive to a nearby auto parts store and was eventually taken to the hospital where he was in serious, but stable condition.

Continue for details on their charges and Craigslist safety tips.


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KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

Its just about being safe, always have someone with you and make sure that you meet in public, never go to someone's home alone!

Jim Yanni
Jim Yanni

Always was cautious; don't see any reason to be more cautious.

Shannon Marfell Doza
Shannon Marfell Doza

Why would anyone go to The Ville in the evening to meet someone they don't know? Der.

Steve Hatfalvi
Steve Hatfalvi

crack babies all growed up are on the loose. if you're looking for zombies, the undead, who want you dead, look no further.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

but...these guys...were blacks. and most of our prison population is...wait for it...black.

Maggie Madonia
Maggie Madonia

Yeah it was blacks that killed people in Ohio for fun via craigslist. NOT! Evil comes in all colors, Esteban.

Anthony Hemphill
Anthony Hemphill

I'm surprised that this is just becoming news! I've heard quite a few horror stories of this sort about business dealings on Craigslist. I thought that dealing with someone unknown to you for a business transaction warrants precautions anyway! The first sign to questionable motives by the seller is them not being safe themselves! Like not wanting to be public about the transaction. We live and learn!

Kelly McBeath
Kelly McBeath

These robberies won't detour me at all. As with any transaction not being made in a retail store of sorts; be smart and use caution. I always meet in a very public place. If they try to meet in a less populated area, I drop the deal instantly.

Maggie Madonia
Maggie Madonia

Chief Fitch gives the perfect advice! Concerned about a Craigslist or other big ticket on-line purchase? Meet them at any of our precinct police stations for safety.

Barbara Kryvko
Barbara Kryvko

1. Always meet in a public place. 2. Always take someone with you.

dyksuckr
dyksuckr

Why are u making a correlation? Would the assumption of mostly whites are crazy and in mental hospitals be nice of someone to say? Is white collar crime any better than being robbed in the streets? Ask the Enron employees. Hell I'm black and know you don't go down there on the hopes of getting anything legit.

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