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Authorities seeking armed Craigslist robber

February 20, 2011 | 12:28 pm

A man who met a stranger to buy an iPhone posted on Craigslist.org was robbed at gunpoint Saturday, authorities said.

The man had arranged to pay $500 for the phone and met the seller behind a Carl's Jr. restaurant near 9303 Las Tunas Drive in unincorporated Temple City at about 3:20 p.m., according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Martinez.

Instead, the seller pulled out a semiautomatic pistol, took the victim's cash and fled on foot, Martinez said.

The suspect was described as Asian, about 5 feet 9 inches and 160 pounds, wearing a red jacket, Martinez said.

Martinez said the victim did all he could to ensure the transaction was safe.

"Broad daylight in a public place -- you really can’t ask for anything more than that," Martinez said.

He said it was difficult to offer advice to others who use the online marketplace.

"This is so new, we don’t really have guidelines on it," he said. "Just be careful."

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske