Thea Digiammerino

Man Robs Sellers During After Arranging to Buy iPhone: Police

A Massachusetts man is accused of pulling a gun on two people who had arranged to meet with him in Simsbury to sell him an iPhone.

The victims called police to 55 Elm Street Friday and reported said that a man they were trying to sell an iPhone pulled a gun on them and took the device. The victims were not hurt and the suspect walked away.

Police found the suspect in a building within the complex and made contact through the North central Emergency Service Team, which includes crisis negotiators. The suspect surrendered without incident.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Christopher Fonville of Springfield Mass., was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm, first-degree robbery, threatening, larceny, and breach of peace. He was held on a $100,000 bond.

Authorities urge the public to use designated safe spots to buy and sell items. Many police department parking lots are designated safe exchange locations.

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