Yakima

Brothers restrain armed man until police arrive in Craigslist deal gone bad

Two brothers helped police catch a suspect during a Craiglist deal gone wrong over the weekend.

The brothers went to the Fiesta Foods off Nob Hill Boulevard on Sunday afternoon to check out a car they saw in an ad. 

Based on the Craigslist ad, they expected to meet with a woman. Instead they ran into Jared Lee, 34, who said he was the one selling the car.

Lee asked for a ride to the other side of the parking lot where he said the car was located, according to the arrest report.

When he got into the car, Lee pulled out a semiautomatic .45-caliber pistol, aimed at the brothers and demanded money, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports.

According to police, the brothers had only $12 on them. Then they got into a tussle with Lee to get the gun away from him.

Lee eventually gave up.

He let go of the gun and tried to run away on foot. One of the brothers was already outside the car and grabbed him, police said.

The brothers held Lee down until the police arrived.

He’s being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree robbery, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of possessing a stolen firearm, according to jail records.  

He made his first appearance in Yakima County Superior Court on Monday afternoon.

The pistol used in the attempted robbery was stolen in a Union Gap burglary last year, police said.

The suspect is legally prohibited to own firearms because of his criminal history. He has been convicted for robbery and assault in the past, court records said.


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