Federal prosecutors charge man in area Craiglist robberies

08/26/2014 4:27 PM

08/26/2014 6:53 PM

Federal prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against a 23-year-old man for allegedly committing a string of summer Craigslist robberies, including a July 16 attack in which a Liberty couple suffered serious gunshot wounds.

Debvon Buckner of Kansas City previously had been charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with single counts of robbery and armed criminal action for a crime that also occurred July 16. Those charges since have been dropped.

The new federal charges included allegations that Buckner led others in five robberies, beginning in June, that steadily escalated in violence.

After the Liberty couple was wounded, detectives noticed a new Craigslist ad offering a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am and instructing potential buyers to call the same cellphone number appearing in previous ads that had ended in robberies. A photograph showed the car parked in front of a home in the 5000 block of Fairway Drive in Kansas City.

Detectives tracked the cellphone and arrested Buckner and his girlfriend on a city bus, according to court records. Officers also used state records to identify the house pictured in the photo of the Grand Am as Buckner’s home.

Police assembled photo lineups that included Buckner’s picture, and seven of the robbery victims identified him as one of the individuals who had robbed them, court records said.

If convicted, Buckner could face up to life in prison.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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