A man who met what he thought were two potential buyers for his iPhone ended up holding them at gunpoint Thursday night after the two teens tried to rob him, Tacoma police said.
Police arrested the pair, ages 16 and 18, on suspicion of second-degree robbery.
The man told police he’d advertised his iPhone on Craigslist, the classified advertising website, and heard from two potential takers.
He met the two about 10:30 p.m. in a parking lot in the 4300 block of Tacoma Mall Boulevard. One of the teens grabbed the phone while the other pushed the victim, police reported.
The teens started to run off, but the man pulled out a handgun and ordered them to stop.
The two did, and the man, who had a valid concealed weapons permit, held them at gunpoint until police arrived.
Officers booked the 16-year-old boy into Remann Hall juvenile jail. The 18-year-old man was booked into the Pierce County Jail.