Back in September of last year, 23-year-old Joshua Grey was shot and killed in Richmond, Virginia after listing his iPhone for sale on the marketplace app LetGo. At the time of my original post police had surveillance video but no suspects. Apparently, during one of my many absences, Richmond police found Joshua’s assailants.
18-year-old Demeco Pressey-Robertson was recently sentenced to 20 years behind bars for charges of attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Pressey-Robertson reportedly orchestrated the robbery but ordered a then 15-year-old accomplice to commit the armed robbery.
The teenage triggerman, Tyshawn Andrews, has already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and could be sentenced to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced in November.
If you’re meeting someone through one of these marketplace apps like LetGo or websites like craigslist, I highly recommend meeting them at a local police station. While it’s not a guarantee of safety, it can go a long way in deterring potential thieves.
Like I’ve said in the past, the old rules don’t apply anymore. Just meeting someone in public during the day isn’t enough anymore as the thieves and killers who inhabit sites like craigslist and apps like LetGo have upped their aggression in recent years leaving several bodies in their wake.