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Craigslist 'car sale' ends in robbery, shooting

Original post made on Feb 18, 2009

A young East Bay man who was responding to a Craigslist car-for-sale listing in East Palo Alto was robbed of his $1,300 purchase money, shot and beaten Tuesday evening, East Palo Alto police reported.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 1:32 AM

Comments (14)

Posted by YSK
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2009 at 10:56 am

Sounds like a set up. Stay out of EPA. Want to show or see a car for sale? Insist they meet you at Police Department Parking lot.

Posted by Jan
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Doesn't East Palo Alto feel horrible about how their city is viewed? Most people won't even go there for anything for fear of being shot. I always skip over Craigslist items from EPA because of this type of thing. Besides just being shot, many of the items for sale are stolen goods, like bicycles.

Posted by To Jan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2009 at 1:10 pm

How do you know that items for sale on Craigslist, from sellers in EPA, are stolen?

Does PA know how ridiculously snotty and neurotic their city is viewed? I see people shopping in EPA all the time, and I doubt they're all residents. IF you go to IKEA and the shopping center across the street, there are a lot of people shopping, eating, having coffee.

The trick is to know the safe ins and outs.

How sad this man was shot. Of course it was a set-up. I'd never show up ANYWHERE with that kind of cash, including your town, as it's just not safe.

Posted by Chris
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm

YSK you mean the Palo Alto police parking lot where someone was murdered last year?

Posted by Some Guy
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Feb 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm

After living in Palo Alto for nearly 3 decades and going to East Palo Alto regularly, I still have never been shot. Maybe I just don't look scared enough.

Posted by Rachel
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm

I'm not sure Craig's List is a safe way to trade anymore. What do you think?

Posted by BeThatOne
a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2009 at 4:13 am

This is so sad. This young man got hurt because of material things. I forgot where this one story happened, where this women was taking her groceries from the store to her car. This guy approach her and pointed a gun at her and hijacked her car. My grandmother told me when I was real young that by the time I become an adult that I will have to make sure that my doors and windows are always locked.("That doesn't mean to much to me in this day and age"). Back then my brother and I played outside and she would leave the front door unlocked so that we could run in and out if we wanted to. She also had the windows in her Victorian style house in San Francisco, CA on Haight Street, wide open to air the house out in the early "60s". She also stated, " that I would need a gun just to get my groceries from the store to my car." We know that we are in the last days! This wicked system is surely coming to and end. People need to stay focus and keep alert!

Posted by Sweet Sherries
a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2009 at 6:47 am

It is a sad situation with this young man and my heart goes out to him, however, you take your chances purchasing items form people you dont know period. Palo Alto sounds like another bad city in the US, come to Jacksonville, FL - it doesnt matter what city you're in, crime is everywhere.

Lesson for the day...If you should choose to purchase something from an AD, bring a few friends with you and you set up the meeting place.
Somewhere very Public.

Posted by tmmk
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 20, 2009 at 9:29 am


Posted by YSK
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 20, 2009 at 2:34 pm

No Chris. PAPD doesn't HAVE a parking lot. They have a parking garage, which I believe is under camera surveillance. Or maybe the elevators are, I dunno. I was referring to the EPA PD parking lot. I noticed a few years ago when I dropped off some gifts for a Christmas Charity that there is a convenient parking lot right outside the entry. I bet they have cameras.

Posted by YSK
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

And "TO JAN", not snotty at all. Everyone can squawk all they want, but you have a lot greater chance of coming to harm in EPA than PA. That's just the reality. I know personally of three daytime muggings of acquaintances in the Home Depot parking lot alone. Parked on the side of the garden center. No camera's there perhaps?

And Sweet Sherris? There are two Palo Altos, one is East Palo Alto and is in a different county.

Posted by One Love
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 24, 2009 at 9:15 am

I'm sorry to hear about this. Not all of the folks from East Palo Alto are bad people. You have to be safe when making transactions with cash period.

Posted by marthbarajas
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 14, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I it's been several years since I left east palo alto I have family that still living in E palo alto, the city is out of control,my cusing got shot in the corner of Pal market, and it been paralize since then, this is one of the most dangerous city in the United States. I miss this place, because my family members live here. I pray that never nothing happend to them, and all the good citizen of this city.

Posted by Lynn
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm

When I bought my car from craigslist (in San Jose), I first arranged a look-see w/o money involved at my place, then when I purchased the car, I brought along my big guy friend (with a gun) to the seller's place. Fortunately, all went OK. I wasn't initially aware that these sorts of transactions are cash-only, but it makes sense. Just have to plan carefully.

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