Police are once again reminding citizens to be wary when setting up in-person meetings to finalize sales deals made online. That cell phone you think you are buying over social media could just be a trap to lure you to a out to be robbed. Another of such incidents occurred Wednesday night, but fortunately the victim wasn’t hurt and the alleged robber was quickly caught.
About 7 p.m. Wednesday, officers with the La-Grange Police Department responded to the incident in 700 block of Fourth Avenue in reference to reports of an Armed Robbery.
Police arrived and spoke to the male victim, who stated he recently made contact with a subject on Facebook in order to buy a used iPhone that the subject claimed to be selling. The victim advised police that he subsequently met with a subject, later identified as Angelo Favors, a pre-arranged location to buy the phone, but was robbed instead.
The victim explained that Favors got into his vehicle and pointed a firearm at him, demanding money. When the victim told him he didn’t have any cash, Favors had him drive to an ATM. The victim then drove with Favors to a local convenience store. The victim was then able to exit his vehicle and get away from the assailant, at which point Favors fled the scene.
Police later uncovered evidence identifying the armed assailant as Favors and warrants were issued for his arrest. Favors was then located and arrested at his residence and taken into custody.
As a result, Favors, age 17, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Criminal Attempted Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Kidnapping, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of aViolent Felony, and Possession of a Handgun by a Person under the Age of Eighteen.
The LaGrange Police Department would like to remind the public that meeting with unknown subjects to complete online sales transactions in unsecured locations is dangerous and has the potential to end badly. Police have offered their front parking lot or even their lobby as a safe place to complete transactions that are set up online.
Sheriff James Woodruff has also made the same offer for the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.
Both areas are under constant video surveillance, so meeting strangers to conduct cash transactions can be a bit safer.