Four charged in Craigslist robbery in Apex
Posted August 26, 2015 10:42 a.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2015 4:09 p.m. EDT
Apex, N.C. — 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.