A Craigslist deal went wrong July 13 when the “seller” ran off with the victim’s cash, Seattle Crime reports. The victim responded to an ad on Craigslist for a $280 iPhone 3GS and they decided to meet up that evening.
The victim agreed to meet the seller at 23rd and Jackson around 9:00 p.m., and brought two friends along for the meet up.
When the victim met up with the suspect, the suspect said he “needed the money to be hand[ed] over to him prior to handing the phone because he had been robbed” before, according to a police report.
The victim (sigh) handed the suspect the money “expecting that the suspect would give him the iPhone,” the report says.
Instead, the supect ran off.
The victim chased the suspect but lost him near 25th and Washington.