Fake sale in Tualatin ends in robbery
A sales deal negotiated through a sales app called OfferUp ended Sunday in a robbery in the parking lot of the Tualatin Fred Meyer.
Tualatin Police responded around 12:45 p.m. Sunday, May 27. According to the report, the alleged victims, identified as an adult male and a juvenile female, arranged a meeting with the two adult Caucasian men they met on OfferUp, the sales app. The victims originally met the suspects at the Tualatin Verizon store in order to purchase cell phones from the suspects. The suspects asked the victims to bring a Visa gift card preloaded with $1,200 to pay for the phones. When they attempted to use the Visa card to make the purchase, it was declined.
In an attempt to continue the purchase, the victims left their car at the Verizon store and rode with the suspects to the Fred Meyer store to withdraw cash from the Visa card, but again were unsuccessful.
One of the suspects then drove all four of them to the back side of the store parking lot, so that he could smoke marijuana while the victim called Western Union to resolve the cash withdrawal issue.
While parked on in back, one of the male suspects retrieved a stun gun device from the trunk and allegedly used it on the male victim in the back seat. The other suspect pulled a knife, threatening the female victim, who was in the front seat.
The two male suspects allegedly demanded all cash the victims had as well as their cell phones.
The victims were able to escape the car with no significant injuries and ran to the nearby roadway, where they asked for a ride from a passerby who called police and transported the victims back to their car, still parked at the Tualatin Verizon store.
A witness reported seeing the altercation in the Fred Meyer parking lot and followed the suspect's vehicle southbound on Interstate 205. It was described as a green and blue 1998 Honda Civic EX sedan. The witness continued to follow it until they reached the area of Interstate 5 and Stafford Road where the suspects allegedly threw the victim's purse out of their car.
The victim's purse and wallet were retrieved from the side of I-205 with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Her money, gift cards and cell phone were no longer in it.
Tualatin officers are investigating and seek to identify the two Caucasian male suspects. Anyone with any information is asked to call 503-629-0111 and reference case No. 18-4944.