Man robbed at knifepoint during craigslist transaction at the Galleria mall

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 12:32 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police are issuing another reminder for users of craigslist to be aware of traps.

Tuesday a man who arranged to buy an iPhone thought he was being careful, but despite his precautions, he was  robbed at knifepoint outside a busy shopping center.

The victim fell prey to  Kerron Cowan,26, who placed a fake craigslist ad and agreed  to meet the  buyer in a location of his choosing. The victim chose the parking lot of the St. Louis Galleria.

According to court documents, Cowan met the victim at his car, displayed a knife, and robbed him of $900.

St. Louis County police say most people who use craigslist know the basics, but they may not always help. Even picking a well-lit place with heavy traffic didn’t help the victim in this case.

Police caution to always bring a friend along and even suggest contacting a police station to use their lobby or parking lot to make a transaction. 

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