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Four charged in Craigslist robbery in Apex

Posted August 26, 2015

Safari Malik Greene, 16, of Wendell; Javon Tyrell Williams, 25, 0f Raleigh; Bryan Elliot Beatty, 24, of Raleigh; and Jordan Anthony Gray, 20, of Wendell, were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
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— Apex police have identified four suspects charged in an armed robbery Tuesday that prompted a brief lockdown at Apex High School.

A man told police he arranged to meet someone at the Kangaroo convenience store on West Williams Street to buy several phones he found listed on Craigslist. When he arrived, the person he was supposed to meet robbed him at gunpoint, taking $2,600.

Police responded to the robbery about 3:17 p.m. and within minutes, an officer spotted a vehicle heading east on U.S. Highway 64. Officers intercepted the vehicle and took three suspects into custody, but a fourth ran toward the high school, which was briefly locked down as a precaution. Only after-school activities were affected.

The fourth suspect was caught just before 4 p.m. in the woods near the school, police said.

Safari Malik Greene, 16, of Wendell; Bryan Elliot Beatty, 24, of Raleigh; Javon Tyrell Williams, 25, of Raleigh; and Jordan Anthony Gray, 20, of Wendell, were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Apex police Capt. Ann Stephens said residents must be extra careful when meeting people who respond to online ads. She offered the following safety tips:

  • Trust your instincts.
  • Don't go alone.
  • Meet at a public place such as a police department parking lot.
  • Do not meet in a secluded area.
  • Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
  • Be cautious when buying/selling high-value items.
  • Perform the transaction during daylight hours.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you are going.
  • Take your cellphone with you.
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  • Arney Norris Aug 27, 2015
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    make sure you are well armed!! And able to operate effectively!!

  • Johan Summer Aug 26, 2015
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    The guy that had $2600 on him was buying the phones...not selling according to local news. The wording of this article made me think the same thing at first. take care.

  • Lisa Gibson Aug 26, 2015
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    I wonder why the victim had $2600 on him if he was Selling the phones?

    It doesn't say that the guy that got robbed was selling the phones.

  • Steve Faulkner Aug 26, 2015
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    According to the TSA, yes.

  • Lowrance Infom Aug 26, 2015
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    Genius! I can't even comment on the sheer genius.

  • Lowrance Infom Aug 26, 2015
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    Reread. He was the buyer

  • Annie Oakley Aug 26, 2015
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    Two of them are career criminals apparently:
    http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=1137001&searchOffenderId=1137001&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

    http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=1296812&searchOffenderId=1296812&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

  • Mick Flynn Aug 26, 2015
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  • Deb Rodgers Aug 26, 2015
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    What does the amount of money the victim was carrying make any difference in this case. He was robbed. Should citizens be limited in the amount of money they can possess?

  • Thomas Goodwin Aug 26, 2015
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    I wonder why the victim had $2600 on him if he was Selling the phones?

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