Police are investigating a series of armed robberies involving iPhones advertised on Craig’s List. Police estimate there may have been up to a dozen such robberies over the past three months in Fairfax and other jurisdictions around the region.
Fairfax County Police advise sellers and buyers using online communications to use caution; meet up during daylight hours, and take a friend along.
Last Friday, June 17, a victim was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a restaurant at Little River Turnpike and Oasis Drive in the Annandale area around 11 p.m. The victim had arranged to purchase several iPhones through a Craig’s List advertisement that read “Jailbroken iPhones for Sale.” The “seller” showed up for the meeting, produced a gun, robbed the victim of his cash and fled. The victim was able to identify a license plate; police investigated the report; and two men were subsequently arrested.
Deshawn Derr, 25 of 2716 Arlington Drive, Alexandria and David Ramsey, 39 of no fixed address were both charged with robbery and use of firearm in commission of a felony. Police describe the vehicle that may have been used in the robberies as a navy blue, newer BMW model 7 series with North Carolina tags.
Based on the follow up investigation conducted by a specialized investigative unit at the Mason District station, officers believe there may be similar incidents that have not been reported to police. Potential victims should contact Detective John Vickery at 703-246-7800.
Anyone who may have information about this crime is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.