Toronto Police are warning residents to be cautious when meeting unfamiliar people after a 23-year-old man was held at gunpoint and nearly robbed of an Apple iPad he offered to sell online.
On Aug. 29, police say the victim placed an advertisement using the online classified ad service Kijiji, offering to sell the tablet device.
After a series of e-mails, text messages and telephone calls, a potential buyer – suggested he meet the seller in the Lawrence Avenue West and Brookhaven Drive area, near Black Creek Drive, police say.
The pair met around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, in a residential area familiar to the buyer. Police say he attempted to rob the seller at gunpoint, who managed to escape with the iPad and call for help.
Meneliki Jafari David-Lee, 21, has been charged with robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, threatening death and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence.
Detective Mario Catenaccio believes similar robberies may have been attempted during the past three to four weeks. He urged victims who to report recent thefts to police.
“Sometimes people feel safe because it’s daytime hours on a street corner somewhere,” said Detective Catenaccio. “It doesn’t always happen in a back alley at 2 a.m.”
Although he hasn’t seen many Craigslist or Kijiji-related robberies in recent memory, Detective Catenaccio told Toronto residents to remain cautious and vigilant when meeting people they don’t know.