Man robbed at gunpoint during Craigslist sale

Peter Hendrix says he was robbed after setting up a sale on Craigslist. (June 5, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man says he was robbed at gunpoint after setting up a meeting online to sell a video gaming system.

Peter Hendrix said he has sold dozens of items through Craigslist before and has never had a problem.

Most recently, he said, “I posted an Xbox One and a few games and controllers.”

Hendrix said he listed the Xbox Wednesday for $600. He said he was selling it because he needed the money.

He was contacted through email by a man going by the name John Gotti who was interested in buying it. The two set up a swap location at a gas station at 42nd Street and Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Hendrix waited at the location for 30 minutes before getting a call from his buyer. The man calling himself Gotti asked if Hendrix could meet him at Alexander Elementary School at Fisk Road and Dallas Avenue in southeast Grand Rapids. His buyer said that was close to where his girlfriend’s house, where he was, and that he didn’t have a car. Hendrix agreed, even though it was dark and around 10 p.m.

“I had the Xbox right there (in the trunk). It was in the original box and everything. I put it on the ground,” Hendrix said. “He started reaching around in his bag and the next thing I knew, I had a gun to my face.”

The man told Hendrix to get back in the car and drive away. Hendrix did.

“To have a gun to your forehead, it’s like, I have a kid. It’s what I was thinking about. That more than the money or the Xbox, obviously,” Hendrix said. “It was a big financial hit and I don’t want him to get away with it again.”

Hendrix said he was suspicious leading up to the exchange, but thought he was helping out an honest person. He advises people not do what he did.

“Just meet at a public place, well-lighted and a lot of people. It was a lot of merchandise and it could have been my life,” Hendrix said.

After the robbery, he drove to a nearby well-lit intersection and called police.

Police took a report and are looking for the man who robbed Hendrix.

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