• Craigslist ad led to Lake Mary robbery at gunpoint

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    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.

     


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