KDPS: Online sale turns into armed robbery

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is reminding people who buy and sell items online to conduct transactions in safe public places after an armed robbery occurred when someone tried to buy a cellphone.

According to police, officers responded to an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Fox Ridge Drive around 7 p.m. Friday night after the robbery.

Police said the victim had made arrangements with the suspect through social media to buy a cellphone. The victim and suspect met, but instead of selling the phone, the suspect showed a handgun and stole the victim’s money.

KDPS said it was were able to identify the suspect and officers found that person at an apartment in the complex. Police said they found evidence of the crime when they searched the apartment.

The suspect, a 28-year-old Kalamazoo resident, was lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail on a count of armed robbery.

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