Craigslist ad leads to armed robbery

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Seffner, Florida -- Two men were arrested for robbing a man at gunpoint of a phone they agreed to purchase from a Craigslist ad.

On Dec. 26, deputies say Mannix Santos placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his Samsung Galaxy phone for $300. He received a call from a man and arranged to meet with him at the parking lot in the 700 block of W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Seffner.

On Dec. 27, Santos, his wife and 12-year-old daughter went to the parking lot to sell the phone. Santos got out of his vehicle, while his wife and daughter stayed inside while he met with the suspect who asked to inspect the phone.

The suspect then pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his pocket and pointed at Santos. The suspect then fled with the phone to an awaiting vehicle, which was parked a distance away and drove off south on Parsons Avenue. Santos tried to chase after him but lost him.

On Dec. 29, detectives were able to identify the suspect vehicle and two suspects. On Dec. 30, Hector Anavitate, 19, and Efrain Hewitt, 24, were arrested.

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