Craigslist buyer assaulted with pepper spray, robbed of $2K

A Craigslist shopper got more than he bargained for Wednesday, as he was pepper-sprayed and robbed of $2,000, Fremont police said.

An unidentified Fremont resident responded to an ad listed on the popular Web site from a Peninsula location for a 46-inch color television that was for sale for $2,000. After corresponding with the seller, he invited them to his Grimmer Boulevard home to complete the transaction, police said.

When the two men selling the television arrived, described only as two African-American males in their 20s, they offered to set up the television for the man to make sure that it worked properly. After seeing that it did, the man handed over $2,000 cash he had withdrawn that day as payment. The two men then sprayed him with pepper spray, took the money, grabbed the television and fled, police said. Neighbors who heard the commotion tried unsuccessfully to block the men as they fled.

Jeff Flemming, an employee at the Craigslist Operations Department, said consumers should not be scared off from buying things through the Web site.

“About 99.9 percent of our ads should not be of concern. It seems like Craigslist was just picked as the medium for this crime, and maybe it would have happened anyway,”.

If you feel you have been a part of a scam or fraud on Craigslist, please report it by calling (415) 566-6394.

Bay Area NewsLocal

Just Posted

A felled tree in Sydney G. Walton Square blocks part of a lane on Front Street following Sunday’s storm on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
After the rain: What San Francisco learned from a monster storm

Widespread damage underscored The City’s susceptibility to heavy wind and rain

Plan Bay Area 2050 is an expansive plan guiding the region’s growth and development over the next three decades. The regional plan addresses progressive policy priorities like a universal basic income and a region-wide rent cap, alongside massive new spending on affordable housing and transportation infrastructure. (Shutterstock)
$1.4 trillion ‘blueprint’ would address Bay Area’s housing, transit woes

Analyzing the big ticket proposals in ‘Plan Bay Area 2050’

A felled tree in San Francisco is pictured on Fillmore Street following a major storm that produced high winds and heavy rains on Oct. 24, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Philip Ford)
Storm updates: Rainiest October day in San Francisco history

Rainfall exceeded 10 inches in parts of the Bay Area

On Sunday, California bore the brunt of what meteorologists referred to as a bomb cyclone and an atmospheric river, a convergence of storms that brought more than half a foot of rain to parts of the Bay Area, along with high winds, concerns about flash floods and the potential for heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada. Much of the Bay Area was under a flash flood watch on Sunday, with the National Weather Service warning of the potential for mudslides across the region. (NOAA via The New York Times)
Bomb cyclone, atmospheric river combine to pummel California with rain and wind

What you need to know about this historic weather event

The Department of Building Inspection, at 49 South Van Ness Ave., has been mired in scandal since since its creation by voter referendum under Proposition G in 1994. (Courtesy SF.gov)
The Department of Building Inspection, at 49 South Van Ness Ave., has been mired in scandal since its creation by voter referendum under Proposition G in 1994. (Courtesy SF.gov)
Whistleblowing hasn’t worked at the SF Dept. of Building Inspection

DBI inspectors say their boss kept them off connected builders’ projects

Most Read