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Craigslist ad leads to armed robbery in Boring

Suspect held gun to victim's head


A man and his family were threatened at gunpoint after answering an ad for a used pickup on Craigslist about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31.

According to a statement from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the victim agreed to meet the seller at a gas station in Boring and the victim agreed to pay for the black 1996 Toyota Tacoma in cash. The license plate of the car, Oregon VBW632, was listed in the ad, but the victim was not aware the car had been reported stolen, according to the statement.

When the victim arrived at the gas station, he got a call from the seller to instead meet him at his house in the 27000 block of Southeast Dee Street, according to the statement. The victim noticed the house was dark and when he stopped, he and his family were confronted by two men armed with semi-automatic hand guns.

“One of the suspects pressed the gun into the victim's forehead and demanded the money,” the statement reads. “He then tried to pull the victim through the window of the car. The other suspect tried to open the driver's door. The victims were able to drive away and immediately call 911. The suspects did not obtain any cash from the victim.”

The suspects are described at two white males, possibly in their 20s, with dark clothing and dark masks. The house where the victim was directed is abandoned, according to the Sheriff's Office, and no suspects have been located despite the response of several units and a search by a police dog.

Detectives are still working leads in the case, and anyone who spots the Toyota pickup should call 911.

The Sheriff's Office also advises people who buy from Craigslist or other internet sites to exercise extreme caution in meeting another party. Meetings should always occur in public places, preferably with video surveillance and high volumes of traffic. Cash transactions also present additional danger. The Sheriff's Office also referred to the Craigslist recommendations for safety at www.craigslist.org/about/safety and for avoiding scams at www.craigslist.org/about/scams.




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