A simple transaction turned into a nightmare for a South Florida 16-year-old when the person he had lined up to buy his cell phone ended up robbing him at gunpoint instead, authorities said.
According to Broward Sheriff's Office officials, the teen used a popular mobile app to set up the sale of an iPhone on Wednesday night. He agreed to meet with a potential buyer in the parking lot of a friend’s warehouse located along the 2500 block of Griffin Road in Dania Beach.
When the supposed buyer arrived, the two discussed the sale for several minutes until the man pulled out a black gun and pointed it at the teen.
The gunman forced the teen into the warehouse as a second masked robber appeared. The two thieves riffled through the warehouse, grabbing anything they deemed valuable. All while the armed robber kept his gun pointed at the teenager.
Once they had taken more than 40 electronic items from the warehouse, the gunman demanded the teen's personal cell phone, his wallet and his clothing.
They fled in a white older model four-door sedan, possibly a Dodge Stratus. The car was missing its hubcaps and the front bumper was hanging loose.
The gunman is described as a black male in his 20s with a medium build, no facial hair, brown eyes and short brown hair. He wore a black baseball cap with the letters “NY” embroidered in gold. He also wore a black long-sleeve T-shirt with various gold and white logos and designs on the front and both sleeves, baggie khaki cargo shorts and black sandals with black socks.
The second suspect is described as a heavyset black male. He wore a black sleeveless T-shirt with a white long-sleeve undershirt, a black and gray baseball cap, jean shorts and athletic shoes. He also wore a black backpack, black gloves and a black cloth covering his face.
Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO at 954-321-4738. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.