Cops: Man used Craigslist to lure, rob cash-carrying victims
Craigslist users in Rockland County looking to buy used iPhones and cars found themselves staring at the barrel of a Spring Valley man's gun instead, cops said Thursday.
By posing as a seller on the site, Tirrell Edmundson, 20, lured his victims to "advantageous" spots in Spring Valley over the past several weeks and held them up, police said. Edmundson chose the time and place for his stickups, and the pretense of selling a gadget guaranteed the victims would arrive with a pocket full of cash, according to Spring Valley Det. Sgt. James Noble.
"One of the components, of course, is bring money," Noble said, "because if we're going to make a sale, you should have money on you."
Two of the robberies happened on Sept. 5 and Sept. 11, according to police.
Edmunson had his victims meet him on Lake and Slinn streets, choosing locations where he could make a swift getaway, cops said.
Although Spring Valley police have worked with Craigslist's legal department before and said the site has been cooperative, Noble said police were able to identify Edmundson from witness descriptions without tracing his posts. Edmundson tried to cover his tracks by deleting his posts immediately after each robbery, Noble said.
Edmundson was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and criminal use of a firearm, as well as second-degree assault, for allegedly punching an officer in the face when cops arrested him. All four charges are felonies.
Edmundson was arraigned Thursday and sent to Rockland County Jail without the possibility of bail. He has been assigned a public defender, according to a clerk at Spring Valley Village Court, but the attorney's name was not listed in files.
While Edmundson was charged in two of the alleged robberies, police said they've identified four victims and more charges may be pending. They believe there are additional victims who haven't come forward.
Robbery victims can call the Spring Valley Police Department at 845-356-7400.