LAKE MARY, Fla. - WFTV discovered an armed holdup was the consequence of a Craigslist ad.
A Lake Mary man said as soon as he realized the seller tricked him into a trap, he was ambushed at gunpoint Thursday night at Walden Circle in Orlando.
The victim, Ricky Pyne, said instead of picking up two iPhones, he was robbed of $800.
Pyne said he feels fortunate he's alive to tell his cautionary tale.
The Lake Mary man thought he was getting a deal on two new iPhones to put on eBay.
Pyne said he agreed to meet a woman who appeared to be a legitimate seller.
"I honestly thought this was completely professional," Pyne said.
Their rendezvous at a Walden Circle apartment building was a trap.
Pyne said the woman was leading him down a hallway and thought it led to her apartment. Instead she took a turn down the stairs and when they got to the end, two guys showed up with guns and ambushed him.
"I see a silver gun pointed at me and I turned to run. They tackled me from behind," Pyne said.
The father of two said he was begging for his life.
"I said 'I don't want to die tonight, I have kids.' (I) reached in my pocket and held up the cash," Pyne said.
A neighbor who heard screaming grabbed a baseball bat to confront the men, but retreated when he realized they had guns.
"I saw a gun and went back inside because I had a bat," said the neighbor.
Pyne said his days on Craigslist are done.
"They could have taken my life for it if I had fought back," Pyne said.