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Tampa police accuse two of Craigslist robbery

TAMPA — Police have arrested two men they say robbed a Winter Haven man expecting to buy an iPhone he saw on Craigslist.

On Dec. 4, Muhammad Haifa, 23, traveled from Winter Haven to buy the phone at an apartment at 1501 E Humphrey St. He met a man in the parking lot and was told to wait while the man went to get the phone, police said.

But a second man approached Haifa with a gun, police said. The robber took his money, car keys, watch and older iPhone.

An investigation led detectives to an apartment at 13012 Firth Court. There, authorities said they found one of the suspects — Tavaris Johnson, 21 — and marijuana. He was charged with robbery and marijuana possession.

Further investigation led to another suspect — James D. Holder, 20 — who was at St. Joseph's Hospital being treated for an illness. Police charged him with robbery with a firearm.

Tampa police accuse two of Craigslist robbery 12/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 3:53pm]
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