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Boy robbed at gunpoint during Craigslist transaction

July 27, 2011|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing another boy at gunpoint for a cell phone that he had advertised on Craigslist, police said.

The men — Scott Yoon of La Crescenta and Sung Na of Glendale — were taken into custody Saturday shortly after they tried to flee the daytime street robbery at Colorado and Porter streets, police said. No charges had been filed against the pair as of midweek, officials said.

“People are just getting brazen with these robberies,” Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Yoon and Na agreed to meet the victim, a 17-year-old Glendale boy who police did not identify, at about 5 p.m. in a McDonald’s parking lot after he had advertised an Android cell phone for $400 on Craigslist, Lorenz said.

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The boy waited for the pair at the parking lot and saw a black BMW drive up next to him. He approached the BMW’s passenger side and began talking about the phone.

Na allegedly grabbed the cell phone from the boy and pulled

a black handgun hidden under his other thigh, cocked it and pointed it at the boy, Lorenz said.

Fearing for his life, the boy ran away and notified police.

As officers were headed to the scene, they spotted the BMW with stolen license plates and stopped it.

Police arrested the pair and recovered an Airsoft pellet gun, which Lorenz said resembled a Glock handgun.

Police searched the car and found the phone and numerous other valuables, which Lorenz said most likely were stolen.

Glendale police suspect the pair may have committed other robberies, so they have notified other law enforcement agencies, Lorenz said.

Police are looking for the public’s help with details about the pair and any related thefts.

Anyone with information may call Glendale Police Department (818) 548-3987. To remain anonymous, call Glendale Crime Stoppers at or (800) 222-TIPS.

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