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Man Selling iPhones Robbed at Gunpoint by Men in White Toyota Minivan: NYPD

By Allegra Hobbs | April 7, 2017 2:52pm | Updated on April 10, 2017 8:16am
 Three men in a white minivan robbed the victim at gunpoint before speeding off on Madison Street, police said.
Three men in a white minivan robbed the victim at gunpoint before speeding off on Madison Street, police said.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — A man trying to hawk two iPhone 7 Plus phones to a buyer he met in an online marketplace was robbed at gunpoint by three men in a white minivan Tuesday night.

The 35-year-old victim was at 333 Madison St. around 5 p.m. waiting for the unknown buyer he had contacted on OfferUp.com when three men pulled up in a white Toyota minivan and asked him to get in the front seat to negotiate the sale, police said.

One of the men looked at the phones then placed them in the backseat of the van — he and another suspect then pulled guns and pointed them at the victim, according to a police report. 

One of the suspects stated, “Get out of the car or I will shoot you,” according to the report.

The victim was pushed out of the van and the suspects sped off, fleeing eastbound on Madison Street, police said. The victim sustained no injuries.

The phones were altogether worth around $1,560, according to authorities. Police were unable to track the phones because they had not been activated. 

"Our top priority is creating a trusted experience for our users and we do not tolerate criminal activity," said Offerup in a statement. "We are working with local law enforcement to assist in any way we can."

Other crimes in the 7th Precinct include: 

► Three men lured a delivery man into an apartment building by ordering Chinese food, then robbed him at gunpoint the morning of March 30, making off with the food, the victim’s phone and a wad of cash, police said.

The 54-year-old victim was making a delivery to an apartment in the Rutgers Houses at 160 Madison St. around 11:50 a.m. when one of the men who had ordered the food dragged him into the stairway, according to a police report.

Two more men then approached the victim with drawn firearms, and grabbed the food, valued at $48, his $50 Samsung phone and $50 cash before fleeing to an unknown location, police said. 

► Two men with an electric scooter robbed a man at gunpoint as he was walking across the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan early Sunday morning.

The 26-year-old victim was crossing the bridge after leaving a Williamsburg bar around 2 a.m. when he saw two men looking at an electric scooter, according to a police report.

A few minutes later, the suspects approached the victim from behind and stopped him. One of the men pulled a black handgun and said “Give me your stuff,” police said.

The victim forked over his wallet and cellphone to the second man, who then said “Get on the ground,” according to authorities. 

One of the suspects fled on the electric scooter and the other fled on foot, police said.