Craigslist Assault: Teen Suspects Allegedly Lure Victims with iPhone Ad, Hit Woman with Gun

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Trevon Yates.
More Craigslist users in Belleville, Illinos, are up to no good -- and this time someone got hurt.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office announced yesterday that it had made two arrests in a disturbing Craigslist scheme in which two teen suspects allegedly lured a female victim to meet them under false pretenses and then attacked and robbed her. Trevon Yates, a seventeen-year-old East St. Louis, Illinois, resident, and an unnamed sixteen-year-old minor are both facing felony charges of armed robbery.

On Monday, August 12, at around 9 p.m., Kevin Kocurek, a deputy with the sheriff's office, was called to the 200 block of Bradford Place in unincorporated Belleville to respond to an armed robbery. When he arrived, officials say, a female victim told him that she was responding to a Craigslist ad for an iPhone -- but that the sale did not go as planned.

See also: Man Responds to Craigslist Ad, Goes to Look at Car, Is Shot in the Face, St. Louis Police Say

She had apparently called the phone number listed in the ad earlier and the seller responded that she should not call -- only send text messages.

After several texts, they negotiated a selling price and determined a location to make the sale, police say. The victim, with her boyfriend, drove to Bradford Place in Belleville and when they arrived two males appeared from behind a building and approached their car.

One of them explained that he was the individual from the text messages -- and that he wanted more money. Another then pulled out a black handgun and demanded all of their money and cell phones. At this point, police say, he reached through an open car window and struck her in the head with the handgun.

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The suspects took both of their money and her boyfriend's cellphone and fled on foot, cops say.

Yates is currently in custody at the St. Clair County Jail with bond set at $500,000 and the minor is being held at the St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center.

A news release announcing the arrests says:

Sheriff Richard Watson wants to remind the public to use extreme caution when making arrangements to make on-line purchases. Make sure the meeting place is in a well lit public place and be aware of your surroundings.

In April, we reported on an even more violent Craigslist scam assault in the city of St. Louis -- in which three victims faced gunshots. One was hit multiple times in the face and back.

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21 comments
laxx1559
laxx1559

This is exactly why you need to meet in a more populated locating when doing craigslist deals, preferrably inside a business or mall.  Every one of my craigslist transactions has been done inside a very populated area

redrock435
redrock435

Why work or go to school, when you can rob or sell drugs. If that fails you can get free food and a cot in jail or you can get food stamps and welfare!

Arnette Storey
Arnette Storey

He needs to be in jail until his Hi-top fade becomes dreadlocks!

Scottie Poindexter
Scottie Poindexter

Belleville will be much more awesome if they get rid of Mayor Mark Eckert and his cronies.

Dave Nunes
Dave Nunes

I always have!! Got friends that ended up in funny situations trying to be off it!

Elizabeth Jaggie
Elizabeth Jaggie

I don't use it because I knew there would be weirdos and thieves out there.....Safety 1st!

Don Austin
Don Austin

Goes back to upbringing. Now that it's too late, best shoot 'em!

Natasha Mayton
Natasha Mayton

I had a good Craigslist experience where I met the seller at a restaurant. But, those go awry too. Too bad these terrible experiences are going to get rid of a good thing.

Timothy Place
Timothy Place

It does me, I've had close encounters like this

Matt Saller
Matt Saller

Hope they get locked up for a long time..

Matt Picker
Matt Picker

OMG a racist moron trolling the internet! Who would have thought?

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