Craigslist sale gone wrong; East El Paso teens hold couple at gunpoint
POSTED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 4:11pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 9:33am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — El Paso Police Detectives have arrested two teens after they allegedly robbed a family at gunpoint during a cell phone sale that originated from a Craigslist advertisement. Officers from responded to the area of Pullman and Van Gogh after a couple reported that they had been robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening.
EPPD arrived after a call was placed by the victims and learned that they had placed an advertisement on Craigslist to sell an HTC cell phone. They had been communicating with an unknown person online who agreed to purchase the phone. Both parties agreed to meet at a residence in the 12000 block of Chato Villa to complete the transaction.
The victims drove to the home along with their two children and they were approached by 18-year-old Hector Aguilar who told the victims he was the buyer of the phone. After the victims handed the phone to Aguilar, a second person, identified as 18-year-old Bruce Cisneros, appeared armed with a rifle.
Cisneros initially pointed the rifle at Aguilar as they had planned to fake the robbery between themselves. Cisneros then decided to point the rifle at the victims.
Cisneros and Aguilar then allegedly fled in a vehicle. The victims were able to provide police a license plate number, and Tactical Officers located Cisneros and Aguilar at a residence in the 5600 block of Joyce where they were arrested without incident.
Cisneros and Aguilar have been booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility each on a charge of Aggravated Robbery. Their bonds have been set at $100,000.00 each.
The El Paso Police Department would like to provide the following tips when citizens conduct business with unknown people or through the internet:
- If possible, meet the seller in a public place, like a coffee shop, mall, grocery store or other high traffic location.
- Bring a friend or family member who can witness the transaction and provide a deterrent for possible criminal. If this is not possible, communicate with a close friend or family member what you are doing, where you are going, who you are meeting with and provide them any contact information you have for the individual you are meeting. Be sure to follow up with your friend or family member to make sure they know you are ok after the transaction is complete.
- Avoid going into someone's house or vehicle that you do not know.
- Trust your instincts. If something just doesn't seem right or if a deal sounds too good to be true avoid getting involved in that transaction.