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2 accused of luring robbery victims with fake iPad ad on Craigslist


This news story was published on December 23, 2011.
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By Mitch Mitchell, McClatchy Newspapers –

FORT WORTH, Texas — Police have arrested two men who are suspected of robbing people at gunpoint after luring them to a restaurant parking lot with fake ads on Craigslist.

Anthony Paige, 17, of Crowley, Texas, and Kentha McDowell, 30, of Fort Worth, Texas, each face a charge of aggravated robbery. Bond for McDowell was set at $35,000, and bond for Paige was set at $50,000.

Paige and McDowell were arrested in connection with the robbery of three men who arrived at a restaurant parking lot Nov. 30 in Fort Worth expecting to buy an iPad, a police report said.

When the three men met the sellers, the suspects refused to meet inside, the report said.

The men told police that the suspects pulled a gun on them and took cash and personal items and then drove away, the report said.

An arrest warrant was issued for McDowell. Officers surrounded his house on East Mulkey Street about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and arrested him without incident.

About the same time, officers saw Paige go into his grandparents’ house next door, and he was arrested him as well, police said.

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