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Deputies: Teens, young adults use Craigslist to lure and rob man in Riverview

Three teens and two young adults used a Craigslist advertisement to lure a man to a residence in Riverview on Sunday night, rob him and steal his car before being arrested following a high-speed pursuit, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Around 5 p.m., the unidentified man responded to a woman who had contacted him about an ad he had posted on the popular classifieds website, seeking an estimate on repair work at a home in Riverview, deputies said.

When he arrived at the house, at 11806 Lynmoor Drive, he was greeted by two females and a male who forcibly stole his wallet, car keys and cell phone, officials said.

The suspects stole the man's red Chevrolet Cruze and fled the scene, deputies said.

As they were on their way to the scene, deputies said they spotted the stolen vehicle around Big Bend Road and Interstate 75.

Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop, the sheriff's office said, but the suspects took off southbound on I-75 and led deputies on a high-speed chase.

The suspects exited at Sun City Center and ran over a concrete storm drain in the Cypress Creek subdivision, deputies said.

Three of the five suspects attempted to escape and ran from the vehicle, deputies said, but were all caught after a brief foot pursuit and assistance from a sheriff's office helicopter.

The two adults — Javier Lopez, 18, of Tampa and Keenard Malik Wells, 19, of Riverview — face trespassing charges, jail records show. Lopez also faces a charge of resisting arrest without violence.

The three teens – one 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds – face various charges including grand theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, and resisting arrest without violence.

Due to the ages of the three teens, the Tampa Bay Times will not publish their names.

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