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Teen assaulted when trying to sell car he had advertised online

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm with 33 Comments »
September 30, 2010 1:44 pm

A 16-year-old Tacoma-area boy was injured Wednesday night when he met up with two men who claimed they wanted to buy the teen’s car.

The teen had advertised the vehicle on Craigslist. He met up with two potential buyers just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at South 56th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The potential buyers directed the teen to a residential area near East 51st Street and McKinley Avenue. Once there, the subjects attacked the teen. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun.

The men repeatedly kicked and punched the teen, Fulghum said.

A neighbor heard the commotion, came outside and asked what was going on. While the two men were distracted, the teen escaped. He was able to get to a nearby location and 911 was called. Paramedics responded and transported the teen to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment of his injuries, Fulghum said.

Meanwhile, the two men left the area in the teen’s car. A police dog tried tracking the men but did not find the suspects, Fulghum said.

No arrests have been made.

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  1. ffgandarajd says:

    why weren’t his parents there with him. Poor kid…stupid parents.

  2. Could someone explain to me why anyone, let alone a 16 year old, would go ANYWHERE at 11PM to sell a car, to strangers?

  3. IKnowMoreThanYou says:

    I agree with the previous posters about the kid being out at that time. I also have to wonder about the common sense of the teen going to 51st & McKinley…seriously, do you not know what kind of neighborhoods lie to the East of Pacific? Get a clue, boy!!

  4. maybe there ought to be some sort of age verification on CL for the for sale classifieds. no one should be responding to a car ad posted by a 16 year old and no 16 year olds should be selling cars online.

  5. I agree with that kanpai!

  6. That kid was asking for a beat down by following to 51st & McKinley. He is lucky he didn’t get killed.

  7. DeptOfRevenue says:

    Dude meets up with two guys, gets beat up by them, and yet couldnt give a description..?

  8. DeptOfRevenue: There was no detailed description of the suspects in the police report.

  9. SassyMom10 says:

    WOW, I don’t know what he was thinking going out at 11pm to sell a car! But what kind of society have we become when we blame the victim? Is that like the girl who wears short skirts asks to get raped? Come on people have a little compassion for the victim and a lot of rage for the scum of our society! If you want to start blaming parents, how about the parents of the animals preying on people, where are they?! Shame on you ALL!

  10. surveyor1 says:

    @kanpai…I seriously doubt the kid put the fact that he was 16 in the ad selling the car and I am sure the two thugs had no clue he was 16 until he showed up. They would have beat and robbed whoever showed up.
    The mistake was not meeting in a public place…say the police station parking lot. I am with sassymom though in that although the kid made a mistake, this is not his fault. The only blame to be laid here is upon the thugs who comitted the crime. and if you want to chastise someones parents then chastise the parents of the thug criminals who are nothing more than lazy animals that have no value to society whatsoever.

  11. Something is wrong with this story. A 16-yr old can’t legally own a car, so he can’t sell it. The registered owner has to sign the title over.

  12. SassyMom10 says:

    Ronnie, I believe in the State of WA a 16 year old can legally own a car, however they can not have a car loan in their name. Perhaps it was an old car from his parents or he bought it private party. = Legal. He can not go to a dealership and sign loan contracts.

  13. slasmith says:

    Sassy the car must e titled in the parents name. You must be 18 to sign legal documents or contracts the title paperwork is a legal document a car cannot be titled directly to anyone under 18. The only way around this is a trust which still must be managed by someone of legal age.

  14. All I have to say about this is that this gives me yet another reason to not use Craigslist to buy or sell anything. There have been too many stories about bad things happening to people who do. My husband has even said that he is weary of Craigslist, and this is a guy who used to buy and sell things on there all the time. I feel for this kid, no matter the situation with the car and legality of his ownership. He should have had more common sense…but he’s 16. I hope that the TPD is able to find the butts who did this to him and find the car in one piece.

  15. lovethemountains says:

    Unfortunately, Craig’s List has become another source for scumbags to seek out their prey. I would never agree to have a potential buyer meet me at my home or any other location that is not of my choosing.

  16. sunup500 says:

    I didn’t think a 16 year old could actually sell a vehicle in Wa. Most states require a person must be at least 18yrs of age to transfer titles of motor vehicles.

  17. Why I’m not doing craigslist anymore. They should shut down craigslist.

  18. DAKOTANATIVE says:

    Ya, let.s blame Craigslist. Idiots. The sale could just as easy be in the newspaper. Why don’t we hear about people getting assulted after a paper ad? Because no one uses it anymore. Meeting someone in East Tacoma after dark is plain stupid. Well, meeting someone in East Tacoma any time is stupid. Probably safe to say the kid is from a single parent family.

  19. OR, you could use some prudence when arranging a time and place to meet. Perhaps a time during daylight hours someplace like the parking lot of a police substation would be smarter than 11 pm on 56th and Pacific. Bring a friend or two with you. Then, don’t agree when they suggest you leave the populated area for somewhere more remote.

  20. Are you serious jack54?Come on man!!! This could happend with any form of media.Kid, smarten up!!Meet in a public place with a buddy, or pack the .380!

  21. Stupid! If it where for people like this jack54, the tnt would be out of business!

  22. ptproudnative says:

    how many bad things have to happen to peolpe for them to stop using this craigs list???

  23. DeptOfRevenue says:

    Thanks Stacy my love, we don’t really need a description anyway.

  24. tacomanewseditor says:

    Are we surprised the dog was not able to find them, unless they can run at the speed of the car that was stolen?

  25. Moms right. Many of you blame the victim as I considered. Yes there may be more to the story but CL transactions are 99.999% trouble free. Don’t blame the technolgy. It is the criminals who screw up a good thing for the rest of us. CCL+.380 = security. Daisy you’re quite the cynic.

  26. drxtreme says:

    WTF – I thought we has a law in this state about anyone under 18 owning or being the sole registered owner of a motor vehicle? I.E. How is it a 16 year old is selling a car and why on Craig’s list – why meeting anyone at that hour…or is this kid really that stupid they couldn’t smell trouble waiting for them…..

  27. DubyaFTW says:

    People like this kid think they have some kind of invisible armor that surrounds them because they are nice and fair and good. You may as well through a baby into a pig trough. These dumb animals are born and bred to a life of thuggery and crime. They probably didn’t even plan the attack, just did what came naturally when the little lamb showed up without any kind of backup support at all.

    Hey cops! How about some Craig’s List sting ops, duh!

  28. webman888 says:


    You think all neighborhoods are bad to the east of Pacific? You, my friend, need to get out more! I suppose crime only happens on the Eastside? Where do you live-we will bring some to you, fool!

  29. webman888 says:

    For as bad as you people seem to think the Eastside is, maybe you should check the crime stats by area. 1. 4 policeman where shot in Lakewood 2. Clover Park teacher had sex with a minor 3x in Lakewood. Parkland teen shoots mom then threatens suicide. University Place Motor Vehicle Thefts-501% higher than national average for a like size area. Oh, and all of these crimes happened in areas other than the East of Pacific.

  30. macshogun says:

    16 yr olds don’t have common sense period. I have concerns about CL allowing minors to conduct business online. And where are the parent/s in this situation?

  31. elmerfudpucker says:

    Ban CL? Why not ban spoons for making people fat!

  32. Novelist3 says:

    “what kind of society have we become when we blame the victim?”
    If someone puts on a meat-suit and jumps into shark infested waters, do we hold him blameless when he gets munched on?
    If someone erects a tent in the middle of a grizzly bear stomping ground and goes around trying to pet the bears, do we hold him blameless when he gets mauled?
    Our society, and our nation is (or perhaps, was) built upon some pretty basic concepts, and one of them has been common sense. Regardless of what neighborhood you’re in, if you’re trying to sell an expensive item to strangers, it’s common sense that you do it during the day, in a public place where there are lots of other people around, and you bring a friend with you.
    This isn’t “blaming the victim” here, this is pointing out that it’s pretty darn stupid for a kid to meet strangers at 11pm alone to sell an item of high value.

  33. frankiethomas says:

    I agree with posters who have said there is more to this story. . .And don’t blame craigslist – I have bought and sold lots and never had a problem. But I have always been smart about it.

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