A man who responded to an online ad for an AR-15 met the seller in the parking lot of a Mesa sporting goods store, then pulled his own gun and stole the victim's assault rifle, cell phone, wallet and keys, police said.
The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Sportsman's Warehouse, near the U.S. 60 and Greenfield Road.
According to police, one of the men had arranged to sell the AR-15 rifle to the other man after listing the gun for sale on an online classifieds website.
Authorities said when the suspect got into the seller's truck, he pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the seller, taking the AR-15, the seller's cell phone, and the seller's car keys before fleeing the scene in his own vehicle.
The seller was carrying a revolver holstered around his ankle, eventually drawing the gun and firing three shots at the suspect as he drove off, police said.
The suspect is described as a 30-year-old White man, approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall, about 190 pounds, with a shaved head. He was last seen driving a "blue or gray Ford Fusion or Taurus" car.
I have bought and sold firearms on KSL, and usually always meet in a parking lot like this. It’s scary to think how easily an armed robbery like this could happen. I think it’s important for anyone buying or selling firearms like this to be very alert and trust your instinct. If something feels weird, out of place, or shady, it’s probably best to not go through with the sale.
In the case of this story, the guy should have just let the robber go and do the best he could to get the car’s make, model, and license plate number. The fact that he pulled out his revolver and started shooting at the fleeing car was EXTREMELY stupid and irresponsible. Best at that point to just be a good witness.