Woman Robbed, Sprayed with Mace After Posting Craig's List Ad
A woman posted an advertisement about a phone she wanted to sell, but when she arrived at the meeting location, she got more than she bargained for.
On Jan. 16, about 6:30 p.m., police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Lilburn Walmart on Lawrenceville Highway.
According to the Lilburn Police Department report, the female victim posted a Craig's List advertisement in order to sale her IPhone 5. When she arrived to the Walmart location, the victim met with two women, one of whom she was to conduct the transaction with.
The victim told police that the two women seemed very friendly, as they spoke in to her in front of the Walmart while standing in the fire lane.
It was at that time that one of the women pulled out a can of mace and sprayed the victim in the face, according to the police report.
The other suspect already had the IPhone, and the two suspects then escaped on foot. The victim grabbed for one of the suspects, but could not subdue the running bandit.
The victim then started screaming for help.
According to witness parked in Row 10, she watched a woman hop into an awaiting black Ford Explorer with two men inside. "Go, go, go, hurry up," the witness said she heard.
Another witness said she also saw two females running down the Walmart parking lot aisles and then jump into a black SUV. That witness ran over to assist the victim, and tried flushing her eyes with a bottle of water
A third witness ran to help the screaming victim, as well, and escorted her to the Walmart restroom.
And, when police arrived, that's where they found the victim: splashing her face with water to douse the mace's effect.
According to yet another eye witness, one of the women was wearing plaid pajama pants, glasses and had braids in her hair. The other suspect was wearing a cream-colored top.
According to the report, the suspects were reported as also being about 5 feet tall.
The victim refused transport to a local hospital, but planned to provide a written statement by email at a later date.
Additionally, Walmart officials said they would provide Lilburn police with a video of the incident.
In the past Lilburn police have said that the Lawrenceville Walmart is a haven for such crimes as theft and shoplifting. As many as a third of the department's calls, come from the store.