You might find a great deal on Craigslist, but when you meet up with the seller, bring a gun with you. You never can be too careful when dealing with complete strangers.
This South Carolina couple probably won’t be doing any Craigslist shopping for a while after their meet-up with the seller turned deadly. The couple arrived to purchase a car, and the two “sellers,” one of whom was armed, pulled a gun on them and demanded all their money. The wife pulled out her own gun and shot the man, killing him. The other crook took off running. The married couple got back in their car, called 911 and met up with deputies at a gas station close by. WJBF reported:
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a suspect involved in a craigslist meetup gone awry.
Deputies responded to a 911 call on Willis Hill Road and Wire Road to find a 23-year-old Frank Frazier Junior dead at the scene.
Witnesses say they saw a black male with a grey hoodie fleeing from that same road just minutes before.
Aiken County Sheriff’s deputies are working to put together the puzzle pieces to a Craigslist meetup gone awry.
While investigators and blood hounds combed the crime scene on Willis Hill Road, deputies got a call from a couple who admitted to shooting Frank Frazier Junior, and they claim it was in self-defense.
Captain Eric Abdullah says the couple met up with the deceased and the suspect through Craigslist.
“It was determined that they were responding to a Craigslist ad referenced to a vehicle purchase, and they came here to purchase a vehicle where they met two suspects one of them being the deceased,” Abdullah explained.
At some point during the meeting the 2 black men pulled out weapons and demanded money from the couple.
It was then that the woman pulled out a gun and shot and killed Frazier.
Abdullah says the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this point.
He does want people to know how important it is to take proper safety precautions when meeting someone you met online.
“One of the safety things that you need to think about is where are you meeting this people at, you should try to do it in the most public area and ensure that you have a good crowd and someone knows where you’re going,” he continued.
Abdullah says The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office says people are allowed to meet in their parking lot when making an exchange.
Deputies are still searching for a black male wearing a grey hoodie if you have any information or see anything suspicious you’re encouraged to call the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, that number is 803-642-1762.
I think it goes without saying that if you want to meet someone on Craigslist to purchase something, the transaction should take place in as public a place as possible, and perhaps a police station parking lot. And even then, make sure you’re armed. If you’re in a gun-free state, meeting up with a complete stranger over something expensive like a car is too risky.