ELIZABETHTON — An Elizabethton man told police he was lured into a robbery on Monday by a Craigslist advertisement for a motorcycle.
Kerry Anderson, Lacy Hollow Road, told Sgt. Joy Markland of the Elizabethton Police Department that he had been corresponding by email with a man who called himself Rick James. James said he had a motorcycle for sale in the Milligan area. The price was $1,000.
Anderson said he made arrangements to meet James in the parking lot of the McDonald's on Broad Street. He said was in the back seat of a Nissan Xterra with what he believed were Virginia plates. Two other men were in the front seat. Anderson got in the vehicle with them.
He said he “had a feeling” he was going to be robbed when the men took him on several side streets in the area around T.A. Dugger Jr. High School. He asked them to stop and he got out and began running. He said they caught up to him in the parking lot of Calvary Baptist Church at 225 Holly Lane.
He said they took $860 of the $1,000 he had brought with him to purchase the motorcycle. He said he still had $140 left.
A witness told Markland he had seen the confrontation in the church parking lot between Anderson and two of the men. He said one of the men claimed Anderson had robbed him. The witness saw the man take money out of Anderson’s hand and get in the Nissan Xterra and leave.