Cops: Armed robber nabs diamond from Craigslist seller

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 23-year-old man and his friend were victims of an armed robbery Wednesday afternoon when they tried to meet a man to sell him a diamond ring they’d listed on Craigslist, police say.

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The incident took place about 1 p.m. on Detroit’s west side, on the 16100 block of Hubbell, which is south of West McNichols and east of Greenfield. Corporal Eriberto Torres, a Detroit Police Department spokesman, said the victims reported the robbery at the 2nd precinct, which is about two miles away.

The victims told police they’d met to sell a man a diamond ring, valued at $6,500. Instead, the victims said, the man pulled a handgun and stole the diamond, their wallets, and their cellphones, walked back to his older model gray Dodge Magnum, and drove off in an unknown direction.

Police offered a description of the suspect: a black male, in his 20s, about 5-foot-5-inches tall, 140 pounds, dark skin, and a beard. He wore a light-blue long-sleeve shirt, a navy-blue tie, light-blue pants and work boots. The Dodge Magnum has tinted windows and dark rims.

Torres offered a reminder that Detroit Police Department precincts are available to conduct such transactions, either inside the building or in the parking lot.