Craigslist Stick Up


A frightening moment for a woman and it may be part of a trend unsuspecting people robbed at gunpoint.

"He said would you like to meet and check it out, I said how much? He said $400," said an Elk Horn, IA woman.

After searching the web for a new iPhone, she decided to post an ad on Craigslist. Soon enough, an eager seller texted her back.

She told him, "I have been looking for an S-4 for awhile now, so I am super excited you texted me."

Through a text conversation, the two made plans to meet in near 108th and Maple street in Omaha.

But before hitting the road, "I said I hope you don't take offense to this question, but if I meet you tonight, I am not going to get robbed or shot or anything. He said no you won't, I understand your concern, because Craigslist can be a dangerous place at times."

But that proved to be a lie. When the window rolled down, the Elk Horn woman said she passed out her phone. But the man outside of the car pulled out a gun. She said he demanded her purse, boyfriends wallet and a few other items. All of those items were passed over. The man then grabbed her car keys, threw them and took off.

"We both panicked, like what do we do? What do we do? Call 911," said the woman's boyfriend.

Police reports show this isn't the first Craigslist stick up, two others within the month, one near 90th Street and Cuming Street and the other on 92nd Street and Burt Street. Police searched, but in all three the suspect got away.

"I hope that guy is caught and something is done, because my life was in that wallet," said the woman.

This victim said she is done with Craigslist forever, but not without leaving one last post. She posted a warning message. She wrote what happened, gave out the suspects fake name and number and actually she has already had one guy respond, thanking her for the heads-up.

If you have any information on this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 402-44-7867.


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