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UPDATED: Craigslist seller wields gun to stop men who tried to steal his phone

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 2, 2010 at 8:04 am |
July 2, 2010 9:47 am

A man who’d met two potential buyers for his cellular phone Thursday night ended up holding the two at gunpoint in Tacoma after they tried to rob him, Tacoma police report.

Tacoma police arrested both suspects, ages 16 and 18, on suspicion of second-degree robbery.

The incident began just after 10:30 p.m. a parking lot in the 4300 block of Tacoma Mall Boulevard. The victim told police he’d advertised his iPhone on Craigslist, the popular classified advertising website.

The victim met two potential buyers in the parking lot. He showed them the phone. One of the suspects grabbed the phone while the other pushed away from the victim, police reported.

The suspects started to run off. The victim pulled out his handgun and ordered the two suspects to stop.

The suspects complied. The victim, who had a valid concealed weapons permit, held the suspects at gunpoint until Tacoma police officers arrived.

Officers booked the 16-year-old boy into Remann Hall juvenile jail. The 18-year-old man was taken and booked into Pierce County Jail.

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