Teen Charged in ‘Offer Up' Robbery and Carjacking

Hartford police have arrested a 16-year-old boy who is accused of robbing someone who answered an ad on the website “Offer Up” to buy an iPhone. 

Police responded to 2621 Main St. in Hartford just after 7 p.m. on March 11 to investigate an armed robbery and carjacking and the victim said he had arranged to meet someone he did not know to buy an iPhone advertised online. 

When the victim arrived at the meeting spot, three people approached him and one pulled a gun, according to police. 

The person with the gun, later identified as a 16-year-old Hartford boy, hit the victim with the gun and stole his personal items, money and vehicle, police said. 

Major crimes division detectives identified a suspect and obtained a warrant charging the teen with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, two counts of second-degree larceny, two counts of conspiracy to commit larceny in the second degree and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. 

Members of the Hartford Police Department and the U.S. Marshals violent fugitive task force started looking for the suspect and found him on Groton Street Thursday. 

Police said the teen was transported to the Hartford juvenile detention center and will appear in juvenile court. 

The victim of the robbery and carjacking received emergency medical care on scene for a head injury. 

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