Police: 2 men charged with armed robbery, shooting set up on Craigslist


by Matt Sczesny and KMOV.com staff


Posted on April 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 9:41 PM

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(KMOV.com) -- The two men charged in Wednesday’s Craiglist shooting in north St. Louis have also been charged with another Craigslist robbery, and there may be more charges coming.

Devion Russell, 20, and Christopher Duffy, 22, were each charged with five counts of robbery, three counts of assault and eight counts of armed criminal action for the shooting and an April 1st robbery.  Police say both crimes were set up by the pair with an ad for a car for sale on Craigslist.

“I know the police are investigating other incidents which could involve these two young men,” said St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

On Monday, Joyce says the pair met a potential buyer along the 4600 block of Bessie, and armed with a gun robbed the man of $2,500.

Then on Wednesday night, according to court documents, the pair met three potential car buyers on Elmbank.  Joyce says when the men saw Duffy and Russell with guns they tried to drive off, but the suspects started shooting, hitting the driver several times. The driver was shot in the face, but he escaped and is recovering.

Joyce went to Twitter to post guidelines for keeping safe with Craigslist, suggesting buyers not meet sellers at private residences and telling sellers they are not carrying cash.

“These types of cases are very scary and I hope the word gets out that as great as Craigslist is, you have to be careful,” Joyce says.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch took to his Twitter page, suggesting buyers and sellers meet in front police precincts.