Armed robbery, shooting follows Facebook marketplace listing

Grand Rapids police are trying to piece together what happened during an armed robbery Friday night.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - After a 16-year-old girl was robbed at gunpoint last week following a Facebook marketplace listing, police are reminding the public to set up a safe place to exchange online purchases.

“Meet that person or individual at a law enforcement agency,” Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon said.

The investigation into the nighttime Friday, March 17, robbery remains open. Police told WZZM 13 that officers responded around 9:30 p.m. area near Maude Avenue and Page Street NE.

According to the victim’s stepfather, the girl had listed her iPhone on Facebook’s marketplace site. A young man met her at their home and then proceeded to rob her at gunpoint.

Police said there were reports of gunfire. They were called about 15 minutes later to the corner of Delaware and Union streets on the Southeast Side. There, they found a 15-year-old male and 1-year-old baby with gunshot wounds to both of their legs.

Police have confirmed these two incidents are connected.

The seller’s step-father told WZZM 13 that the girl’s stolen phone has been relisted on the marketplace.

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