Person selling bicycle on Craigslist gets robbed, shot at in southwest Bakersfield

Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 21:50:18-04

A Craigslist sale that turned violent has residents shocked and police warning people about the dangers of meeting up with people you meet online. 

On Sunday, the victim agreed to meet with the potential buyer at The Park at River Walk. The two met at the park around 5:20 p.m. 

According to police, the suspect took the bike without paying. The suspect got into a car and took off and the victim followed. 

The victim pulled along side the suspect at Stockdale Highway and Ashe Rd. and the suspect shot at the victim. The victim wasn't injured. 

"Meeting people off Craigslist ads is inherently dangerous because you don't know who you're meeting, they're strangers, you don't know if they're legit," said Sergeant Gary Carruesco. 

Because of Sunday's incident, police were warning residents about the dangers of meeting up with people you meet online. 

"You know you have to be very skeptical of things like this and arrange to meet at a place like a police station or a fire station, something like that," said Sgt. Carruesco.

Today, local residents were surprised to hear a simple sale turned into a shooting. 

"It makes me really worried, if it can escalate from a bike, what else can it escalate to?" said Joey Conlon.

Police are also reminding residents not to chase after suspects for any reason. 

"If something gets stolen from you, it's just a material item. It's not worth getting injured or losing your life over, so just try to get as good as a description as you can and let the police handle it," said Carruesco. 

Police describe the suspect as a male in his late 20's, about six feet tall with short hair. The driver of the suspect vehicle is described as a male in his mid-30's with medium length hair. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.