The area around 21st and Jefferson was shut down for a bit yesterday evening as police searched for two people suspected of armed robbery, according to police.
The suspects met the two victims at 23rd and Jackson after arranging through Craigslist to sell the victims an iPad for $300. When they met, however, the suspects got into the victims’ car, saying they needed to pick the item up at 21st and Jefferson.
When they arrived, the suspects left the car to retrieve the item. When they returned a few minutes later, one suspect pulled a gun, and the pair demanded money and phones from the victims.
On March 19th, at approximately 7:35 pm, East Precinct officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 2100 Block of East Jefferson Street. Officers responded and met with the victims. The first victim told officers that two weeks he responded to an online advertisment and purchased an iphone from the suspect. On March 19th, the suspect called the victim and asked if he wanted to buy an ipad for $300. The victim agreed to meet the suspect at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street. The victim and a friend arrived and met up with two suspects at the arranged meeting place. The suspects then got into the victim’s car and drove to a location in the 2100 Block of East Jefferson Street to “get” the ipad. The suspects got out, walked down the street, and returned after about 10 minutes. The suspects then sat in the backseat of the victim’s car. The first suspect produced a gun and demanded money and phones from the victims. One of the victims was punched in the head by the suspect. The suspects then fled the car, running down the street and then entering the building in the 2100 Block of East James Street. The victims were able to call 911 and police arrived. A K9 team and the East Precinct officers responded and assisted with checking the building. Unfortunately, the suspects were not located.
The suspects were described as: 1) black male, 16-19 years of age, 6-1, 140 pounds, short hair, black shirt, dark jeans, backpack. Armed with a gun.
2) black male, 20-24 years old, 6-1, 140, white shirt, longer length hair, jeans.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation.