HCSO: Two arrested in Craigslist armed robbery

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - Hillsborough County detectives say a man who used Craigslist to sell his smartphone wound up getting robbed at gunpoint in a parking lot.

The victim, Mannix Santos, placed an ad on the popular website on December 26 listing his Samsung Galaxy phone for $300, according to a sheriff's statement.

"I feel lucky," said Santos.

Santos received a call and agreed to meet with the potential buyer at a parking lot on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Seffner on December 27.

Santos got out of his vehicle while his wife and 12-year-old remained inside.

"He was standing all by himself in the parking lot, but I didn't think anything of it," Santos recalled.

"He grabbed the phone.  He looked at it and he pulled out the gun and he said, 'You stay still.' And he took off," Santos explained.

Santos gave chase but lost the suspect vehicle.

"To be honest with you, I wasn't that freaked out of fear, it was of what was going to happen in front of my family," he said.

Detectives were later able to identify the vehicle and arrested two suspects on Monday.

They're identified as Efrain Vasquez Hewitt, 24, and Hector Luis Anavitate, 19. Both are charged with armed robbery with a firearm.

Cristal Bermudez-Nunez with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the location of the meeting place often favors the criminals.

"We're seeing a lot of people think that, 'Oh, we're out here in front of Walmart, someone will see me',  But you actually get lost in those huge parking lots.  Go to smaller parking lots.  Go to one of our districts," Bermudez-Nunez said.

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