Bridgeport Teen Accused of Facebook Robbery

A 17-year-old Bridgeport teenager is facing charges after police said he robbed a 17-year-old West Hartford teen and his father at gun point after the two responded to a Facebook ad for sneakers.

Officers were called to Hollister Avenue in Bridgeport on Sunday after a father and son reported they had been robbed at gunpoint.

The victims told police that they had arranged to buy a pair of Air Jordan sneakers on a Facebook page called “Connecticut Sneaker Exchange.”

The victims traveled from West Hartford to Bridgeport and met with two males, one of whom was holding a sneaker box.

The teen victim said that he asked to look inside the sneaker box and the robbers pulled out handguns, ordered the victims on the ground and took their money and the teen’s cell phone.

Police brought the teen victim to a nearby school so he could access Facebook and he identified  one of the teens involved from his Facebook profile picture, police said.

Detectives then searched the police mugshot database and found a picture of the suspect.

They located him in a home on Alex Street and said he had a BB gun in his jacket.

The teen was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and sixth degree larceny and counts of risk of injury to a minor and brandishing a facsimile of a firearm.

His name has not been released.

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