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Two men robbed at gunpoint in Glendale during Craigslist sale

November 12, 2012 |  9:43 am

Approximate location of robbery shown in black.

Two 19-year-old men were robbed at gunpoint at a Glendale gas station after posting an ad on Craigslist to sell seven cellphones, police said.

One of the men had posted an ad on Craigslist for the cellphones, including two iPhones, according to the Glendale Police Department.

On Wednesday, he received a text message about 7:10 p.m. from someone interested in making the purchase. He arranged to meet the buyer Thursday at a Mobil gas station.

He and his friend arrived about 8:55 p.m. at gas station in the 900 block of North Glendale Avenue when a black Nissan sedan parked in a spot closest to Mountain Street, police told the Glendale News-Press.

The seller approached the Nissan, which was occupied by a driver and passenger. The driver asked him where the cellphones were as the passenger exited the Nissan.

He escorted the passenger to his vehicle, showed him the working cellphones and asked for the money.

The seller began counting the money, which appeared to be fake. He asked the passenger to accompany him inside the gas station to check the money, but the passenger quickly drew a handgun from his clothes, police said.

The passenger threatened to shoot the seller and his friend if they ran, police said. He demanded the cellphones and the friend's wallet, cigarettes, keys and phone, police said.

Fearing they would be shot if they didn't comply, they handed over the phones and other items, police said.

The seller's friend told police he saw the Nissan drive away east on Mountain Street toward the Glendale (2) Freeway.

They described the passenger as being black, about 6 foot 4 with an average build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans and gray baseball cap. The driver was black and wearing a light gray sweater and gray baseball cap, police said.

Anyone with details about the robbery is encouraged to call the Glendale Police Department's robbery detail at (818) 548-3987.


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Map: Approximate location of robbery shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.