INDIANAPOLIS - An arrest has been made in one of the armed holdups that targeted Craigslist users on Friday in Indianapolis.
In one of the holdups, police said the victim snapped a photo of the man who ended up jumping into his car and robbing him at gunpoint in the 3000 block of Redskin Drive off East 30th Street.
Indianapolis police told the Call 6 Investigators on Thursday that they had arrested the man in that photo, identified as Bo Scisney, 20, of Indianapolis.
He was charged with an unrelated robbery charge, but detectives said they were planning to pursue additional charges in the coming days related to at least one of the Craigslist crimes.
Police said Scisney approached the car of a man who had answered an ad on Craigslist. The victim thought he was meeting a man at the Stoney Brook Commons Apartments to trade an older computer and $600 cash for a newer Retina Macbook.
Scisney is accused of carrying a briefcase as he entered the victim's car last week, and then pulling a gun on the victim.
Police said he grabbed the man's computer, his $600 cash and his cell phone. The victim was using a remote server application which immediately downloaded the photo of the robber to his home computer and other servers.
That allowed him to turn a photo of the robber over to detectives, even though the cellphone he used to capture the picture was stolen at gunpoint, police said
Police said they received several tips after news coverage of the robbery, which started on RTV6 and www.theINDYchannel.com, and that allowed them to make an arrest in the case.
"(IMPD) would like to thank the community and the media for their assistance with apprehension of this dangerous suspect," officers wrote in a statement.
Hours after that robbery, a woman reported being attacked with a knife after answering a Craigslist electronics ad in a different neighborhood.
The woman said she called a phone number listed in the ad and agreed to meet a man in the 4400block of East 62nd to buy an iPhone 5 for $400.
When she arrived, she said a man stepped into her back seat carrying a blue plastic bag that seemed to contain a cellphone. Police said that man then pulled a knife and slashed the woman under her nose.
Her mother, who was behind the wheel, panicked and caused the car to slam into a carport support and a utility pole before the robber ran away with the victim's cash.
Police reported about $600 damage to the car, and they said the woman declined to be treated by paramedics for the knife wound on her face.
It was unclear if the robberies were related, however, police said Thursday that they were withholding the booking mug shot of Scisney so that his photo can be placed in a lineup to show to victims in other area robberies.