Craigslist exchange takes dangerous turn.
Byline: Chelsea Gorrow The Register-Guard
SPRINGFIELD - A craigslist exchange took a dangerous turn Wednesday evening when a seller took money from the buyers but didn't hand over the goods. When the buyers sought their money back, they told police, the suspect pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot them in the face.
No arrests have been made.
A 32-year-old man and his mother had gone to Sonny's Tavern on Q Street to meet with the craigslist seller just after 7 p.m., according to Springfield police dispatch logs. The son was interested in buying some car stereo equipment, police said. The mother gave him a ride to the tavern.
But the seller is alleged to have taken the money from the son and driven away in a white or silver Chevrolet Tahoe.
The victims followed the Tahoe for a short distance before the suspect stopped and threatened to assault them with a baton if they kept following, police said. At a stoplight a while later, the man got out of the car, pointed a handgun at the mother, and said he would shoot her and her son if they continued to follow him.
The man was believed to be in his 20s, having short brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing sunglasses and a blue brimmed hat.
Police are looking into the allegations, Det. David Lewis said.
Lewis said the victims in this situation had done everything right, including meeting in public, traveling in pairs, and gathering as much information for the police as they could.
Lewis cautioned against ever meeting an unknown person alone or at a private residence for a craigslist transaction.