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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Craigslist deal leads to a steal

A charge of robbery, a Class B felony, was filed against a Fort Wayne man after he allegedly arranged to meet a victim through Craigslist.

Fort Wayne Police said that Erik A. Mitchell, 22, of the 2000 block of East Pontiac Street, met a victim Oct. 29 after arranging the sale of an iPhone through a listing on Craigslist.

However, investigators allege that instead of selling an iPhone, Mitchell at the last minute changed the location of the sale from the parking lot of the Georgetown Kroger to a home in the vicinity of Monarch and Duprey drives. He got into the victim’s car, had him drive a short distance, then pointed a gun at him and robbed him, investigators said.

The victim told police he was robbed of $320 cash, a back pack, a laptop, a cell phone, a checkbook and a BB gun.

Man robbed Sunday evening

Fort Wayne police were dispatched to the 4200 block of Winter Street at 6:18 p.m. Sunday on a report of a robbery.

When they arrived, they interviewed the victim and his companion, who provided accounts of the robbery and descriptions of the suspects. The victim and companion said that they had gone to a gas station at Anthony Boulevard and McKinnie Avenue.

Two men who were at the station followed them a short distance after they left, then confronted them and demanded that the victim hand over his belongings. One of the attackers hit the victim in the face with a gun. A cell phone charger, a pack of cigarettes, two cans of chewing tobacco and a lighter were taken by the pair.

Both robbers were described as black males, early to mid-20s, with dark complexions, about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with medium builds.

One had 3- to 4-inch braids in his hair and wore a black coat with white lettering and white sleeves, black pants and white shoes. The other wore all black clothing, including black shoes and a black stocking hat.