Woman robbed at gunpoint during 'OfferUp' transaction

Suspect stole $120 and threatened victim with gun
Posted at 11:19 PM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 23:20:03-05

Tampa police are searching for three men after a woman was robbed at gunpoint while trying to buy a cell phone through the OfferUp app. 

Rhiannon Dudney found what she thought was a great deal posted on the third-party transaction app. 

The seller messaged Dudney to meet near the intersection of North Tampania and La Salle Street Sunday. It happened to be just a couple blocks away from her house, so she felt safe going alone. 

"They're good programs that bad people take advantage of," said Dudney. 

Once there, a man approached her car with a cell phone in hand, while two other men watched close by. 

"He went to hand it to me and I went to hand him the money and he just grabbed the money and kind of ducked aside," said Dudney. 

That's when Dudney says another man pulled out a pistol and only saw one way out. 

"I was like 'floor it and go,' I just ducked down and floored it."

Dudney's terrifying encounter happening just two days before robbers shot and killed a Pasco County man during a Craigslist robbery. Tampa police say James Beck fell into a deadly trap trying to sell his son's dirt bike. 

After these latest incidents, police are urging people to use safe, designated locations to handle online sales. 

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TPD Headquarters, One Police Center: 411 N. Franklin Street, Tampa 

District 1: 3818 Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa 

District 3: 3808 North 22nd Street, Tampa