PAWTUCKET — Based on information gleaned from a traffic stop, Pawtucket Police arrested one of the two suspects who robbed a Providence teen at gunpoint on Sunday during a supposed Craigslist transaction.
The 16-year-old victim had been duped by one of two male suspects after he had arranged a meeting at a Pawtucket Avenue address to sell a cell phone that he had listed on the popular Internet website. The potential buyer had left, supposedly to obtain cash, but had instead returned with a handgun. The suspect stole the cell phone and fled, along with another man, in a white colored vehicle.
Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins said that on Tuesday at around 8 p.m., Officers William Figura and John Donley conducted a traffic stop on Webster Street involving a vehicle that matched the description of the one used in Sunday's robbery. Upon questioning of the vehicle's occupants, police developed information that led to the later arrest of a 17-year-old city youth at his home, Martins said.
He said that the owner of the vehicle was a relative of the suspect.
Martins said that the 17-year-old was charged with first degree robbery. Police are still searching for the second man, described as a white male in his late teens or early 20s with a thin build, who was involved in the crime.