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Craigslist sale goes wrong; Two men go to jail
A sale of a cellphone went wrong in east El Paso. The Police Department offers tips for business transactions conducted through the Internet.
The victims had placed an advertisement on Craigslist for the sale of an HTC cellphone. Police said the 24- and 23-year-old victims were contacted by a buyer and asked to meet at a home in the 12000 block of Chato Villa.
When the victims arrived along with children in the vehicle police said 18-year-old Hector Aguilar approached them saying he was the buyer for the phone.
While the transaction was going on, police said 18-year-old Bruce Cisneros, armed with a rifle, walked up and pointed the weapon at Aguilar, then the victims.
Police believe the robbery between Aguilar and Cisneros was staged.
Aguilar and Cisneros took off with items they stole from the victims.
Police officers who were alerted of the robbery were able to capture the two men. The vehicle which Aguilar and Cisneros
were in was found at a home in the 5600 block of Joyce Street.
Both were arrested and booked into the El Paso County Jail with a $100,000 bond each.
The El Paso Police Department would like to provide the following tips when citizens conduct business with unknown people or through the internet:
If possible, meet the seller in a public place, like a coffee shop, mall, grocery store or other high-traffic location.
Bring a friend or family member who can witness the transaction and provide a deterrent for possible criminal. If this is not possible, communicate with a close friend or family member what you are doing, where you are going, who you are meeting with and provide them any contact information you have for the individual you are meeting.
Be sure to follow up with your friend or family member to make sure they know you are OK after the transaction is complete.
Avoid going into someone's house or vehicle that you do not know.
Trust your instincts. If something just doesn't seem right or if a deal sounds too good to be true avoid getting involved in that transaction.