21-year-old Kenyada Bass has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 19-year-old Garry Anau in Mesa, Arizona. Anau was said to have bought what he thought would be genuine Apple AirPods from Bass who was said to be selling them on OfferUp.
When Anau realized that the AirPods were fakes, he tried to get back in touch with Bass, but Bass is believed to have blocked Anau. Some of Anau’s cousins reportedly set up a meeting with Bass under the guise of being new customers interested in the AirPods. When Anau and his cousins approached Bass at the meeting this past Friday, Bass allegedly produced a gun. One of the cousins tried pushing the gun away. When Bass pulled the trigger, he is said to have fired three times striking Anau once.
As you can see by Bass’ mugshot, it looks like the cousins got some licks in. Unfortunately, Anau died in the hospital the next day from the gunshot.
I’m trying not to be insensitive here, but if you get ripped off on one of these platforms like OfferUp, you really shouldn’t confront the person. I also realize that the police probably wouldn’t have been much help either if the scam was reported.
Again, the best way to protect yourself in one of these transactions is to do it at a local police department. I realize that certain communities don’t feel comfortable going to the police station with good reason. However, it’s the best deterrent to keep from not only being ripped off but from possibly being seriously injured as well.
The Anau family has set up a GoFundMe for Garry’s funeral expenses.