Liberty couple shot, a third man robbed in Craigslist transactions

07/17/2014 8:22 AM

07/17/2014 7:57 PM

The robbery and shooting of two people in southeast Kansas City on Wednesday night may be related to another robbery a few hours earlier.

In both cases, the victims were held up while meeting someone to conduct a sale or purchase of items advertised on Craigslist, according to police reports. The robberies occurred within two miles of each other and involved three people armed with black handguns.

The first robbery was reported about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 8800 block of Crystal Avenue. The victim told police that he had gone to that location to sell an Xbox and accessories he had advertised on Craigslist.

According to police, one man approached the victim and was looking at the merchandise when two other people came up behind him. One showed a gun and they took his property and ran into nearby woods.

The second incident occurred just before 7:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 5500 block of East 84th Street.

A Liberty couple and their teenage son had gone there to look at a 2007 Hyundai Sonata advertised for sale on Craigslist. They talked to a man who identified himself as “AJ,” according to the police report.

The victims took the car for a test drive and started talking to “AJ” about buying it. He told them he had to call his wife and had walked away when two other people approached them, pulled black handguns and demanded their money.

When they pointed the guns at the woman, her husband stepped in front of her and the robbers began shooting. One grabbed the woman’s purse and shot the man one more time before they fled in the Hyundai, which was later found abandoned.

The man was shot four times. At the time of the report late Wednesday night, he was in surgery. The woman’s right upper arm was “shattered” by one shot, according to reports. Their son was not injured.

Kansas City robbery detectives said Thursday they were working on both cases.

Liberty-based Ferrellgas announced later Thursday that it has contributed $5,000 toward a reward to help catch the robbers. A total of up to $7,000 is now being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. Callers can remain anonymous.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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