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Police: Craigslist Deal Turns Into Armed Robbery at Reston Town Center

by Dave Emke — February 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm 18 Comments

Fairfax County Police carPolice say a sales arrangement through Craigslist turned criminal Tuesday night at Reston Town Center.

According to a report from the Fairfax County Police Department, a Craigslist user agreed to a meeting in the 11900 block of Freedom Drive at about 7:45 p.m. to negotiate the sale of cellphones.

“The suspects arrived and as the victim was showing one suspect a cellphone, another suspect tried to steal the other phones. The victim struggled with the suspects until one of them produced a handgun and threatened the victim. The suspects fled with several phones and the victim was not injured.”

The suspects were described by police as black men, 25-30 years old. One was around 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, and they were both wearing dark clothing. The suspects left the scene in a silver Mercedes Benz sedan, according to the report.

Fairfax County police began offering a “safe zone” for Craigslist exchanges at the Sully District Station last year; at the time, police said the program “would likely expand to other police station parking lots” in the future.

The Herndon Police Station also offers a “safe zone” for such transactions.

  • EADGBE

    desperate to pay for their parking…

  • Kara Gardner Wills

    And where was RTC Security/BP Parking Enforcement?

    • GreenVillage

      waiting for somebody to go 3 seconds over so they could ticket them lol

  • Uhhh

    Can that “safe zone” for Craigslist exchanges at the police station be used for “casual encounters” meetups? Just askin…

    • Mike M

      Not sure. But it applies to [email protected] who are having a hard time with November’s election results. You can see them there with their helmets on, padded chinstraps snapped tight, and pacifiers in their mouths, recovering from their latest protest/riot.

      • Chris Merino

        Why do you have to idiotically refer to ” irrelevant to this subject” politics….smh typical trumpanzee while on the subject im enjoying seeing your worthless clown of an administration #crashandburnbaby

        • The Constitutionalist

          You’re a bright one, eh?

        • The Constitutionalist

          Not the brightest bulb in the toolbox?

        • Mike M

          Dear Chris. I am sorry you lost the election. I am also sorry for the antics of your side since then. It has been quite the spectacle.

      • Richard

        If you really want to broach the subject, I bet it gets under your skin that every one of your elected representatives is A Democrat, save the short-timer, Trump. House, Senate, state legislature, Fairfax County supervisor, RA, School Board. Except for Warner, all are hard-core liberals. Poor you.

        • Mike M

          Sorry you lost in November.

          • Richard

            A temporary set-back

          • Mike M

            At least four years. And with the bad behavior, I think you have exposed your cause.

  • Mike M

    Go to the RTC and breathe deeply the “Eliteness.”

  • 30yearsinreston

    He probably needed some extra to pay for the parking

  • Mack

    “Safe Zone”. Sure. Can you say “Asset Forfeiture”?

  • Arielle in NoVA

    How about a “safe zone” in front of the Reston police station, opposite the library?

  • LC

    they probably realized there would be no eyewitnesses at the RTC

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