MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Four suspects are in custody in Montgomery following a joint investigation by the Montgomery Police Department and the Elmore County Sheriff's Department in what is being described as a "Robbery by Appointment". Those four suspects face eleven charges. An investigator erroneously stated during a live news conference that there were eleven suspects arrested.
Alexis Walker, 21, faces four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery first degree and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary third degree
Randall Walker, 18, faces conspiracy to commit robbery first degree
Tyree Dunn, 17, faces two counts of robbery first degree
Dawndrenia May, 21, faces two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery first degree
Montgomery City Police Chief Kevin Murphy made the arrest announcement in a news conference downtown. The police chief said an investigation started Friday, March 23rd and it took 48 hours to bring the suspects to justice.
Murphy said the scheme was run through the website Craigslist (See actual advertisment here) and involved victims being robbed at gunpoint once they met the apparent seller to finalize a purchase transaction. Murphy said the robbers lured their victims because they knew the victims would have cash on-hand for the transaction.
The investigation started with two separate cases in which individuals reported robberies. The connecting thread was a single phone number used in the Craigslist transactions.
Authorities said they worked to trace the number, developed a person of interest and their investigation ultimately led to the arrests. Murphy said he is not sure if there are any more victims at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
WSFA 12 News spoke with several online shoppers in response to the arrests. Here are their reactions.