Robbery posing as online car sale meet-up ends in homicide

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KTXL) — A 19-year-old man was killed Thursday afternoon after trying to buy a car from someone he met online.

Fairfield police said the unidentified victim was found dead with a gunshot wound on Tyler Street near Pennsylvania Ave after 12:20 p.m.

Investigators learned the victim had cash when he responded to a car sale advertisement on the website, OfferUp.

Investigators said the meet-up turned into a robbery and the 19-year-old man was shot.

Police arrested 24-year-old Kamaria Strange of San Pablo during their investigation. Strange was booked into the Solano County Jail on suspicion of homicide.

Police are advising the community to go to a safe, public place when buying items from another person.

The City of Fairfield Police Department offers a Safe Exchange Zone for residents to make online purchases and exchange transactions in a monitored area.

The Safe Exchange Zone is in the parking next to the police station on Kentucky and Jackson streets with two designated parking spaces under 24-hour surveillance.

Police are offering the following information about using the Safe Exchange Zone and safety tips on private sales:

  • Police or city personnel will not be present
  • The exchange of drugs, weapons, alcohol and other illegal items is not permitted
  • The Safe Exchange Zone is meant for person-to-person transactions. Property may not be dropped off and left unattended.
  • Sellers are required to take their property with them if the buyer does not show up.
  • Police encourages the use of Safe Exchange Zones for buyers and sellers of OfferUp, Craigslist, LetGo and other e-commerce apps. This location is monitored by the Police Department 24/7, if you have an emergency dial 911 or for non-emergency 707-428-7300.
  • Only conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers.
  • Insist on meeting in a public place.
  • Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
  • Take your cell phone with you.
  • Tell a friend or family member about your intentions. Tell them when and where and with whom you are meeting – if possible, bring them with you.
  • Complete transactions during daylight hours.
  • Be extra cautious in buying/selling valuable items.
  • Trust your instincts and be cautious of scams.

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