A police affidavit lays out the search for several robbery suspects. The young men are accused of offering to purchase a pair of sneakers, then taking them at gunpoint. At least one suspect is accused of pulling the stunt twice.
Paperwork released Wednesday details the first robbery. It happened Saturday, August 3rd at a park near 21st & Franklin.
Police say a man was trying to sell a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes via a Facebook page. He had agreed to meet with a customer just before 8:30 p.m.
When he arrived, a Pontiac Grand Am with four people inside pulled up. A young man inspected the shoes, then put them in his car. The seller told police the man then lifted his shirt, revealed a gun, and said "You better get back, on my hood."
Three days later, police were called to investigate a similar robbery. A teenager told police he was trying to sell two pairs of Air Jordan shoes via Facebook. He and the customer planned to meet in a Westroads parking lot at 11:30 p.m.
A Grand Am pulled up, with two people inside. The teenager showed them his shoes, and then noticed the customer had a handgun in his lap, and a rifle in the backseat.
The driver laughed and drove off with the sneakers.
Investigators went to the Facebook page where the deal had been arranged and noticed the web address for the user offering to buy the shoes included what looked like a name - "Young Wes Marion."
In a photo lineup, both victims identified Wesley Marion, 17, as the person who robbed them.
Police paperwork and court records indicate officers also arrested Arius West, 17, and Laveer Belgrave, 22 for the first robbery.