El Paso man claims he was robbed at gunpoint during Craigslist exchange
EL PASO, Texas —
It’s a Craigslist ad gone wrong for one El Paso man.
He said he was hoping to buy a new iPhone, but instead, he was robbed and his life was threatened.
The man does not want to be identified.
"I found an iPhone on Craigslist,” he said. "They originally had it for $600 and I offered them $400."
He told us he arranged to meet the seller, but when he arrived to the meeting place, an apartment complex in northeast El Paso, things took a turn.
"I've heard stories before, but it never ran across my mind that it would ever happen to me,” he said.
He said three people were there waiting for him.
He said a woman he had been speaking with over text messages was there and did have an iPhone in hand.
"She handed it to me, I checked it out,” he said.
He said after receiving the phone, he handed over the $400 they both agreed upon.
"She asked me for the phone again,” he said. “She said, let me see the phone, let me just delete all of my contacts."
But, he told us she never returned it, and his money wasn’t given back.
"Give me my money back, give me my money back,” he said to the sellers. ”Where's she going with the phone? And, why are you leaving with the money?"
He said that’s when a man pulled out a gun.
"It's pretty frightening, because he cocked the gun and I thought I was, pretty much, going to die there,” he said.
Now, he said he’ll think twice before meeting strangers to buy or sell items.
"I kind of said to myself, it's pretty safe, you know, it's also during daylight,” he said. “People were coming in and out of their houses and their cars. So, I didn't see it as a big deal."
El Paso police said they are investigating the case.
They also mention that if you do plan on buying or selling any items, you can use any of the department’s regional command centers that are located throughout the city, as a safe meeting place.