An online sales agreement between two teens led to an armed robbery on San Antonio's eastside, San Antonio police said.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, 18-year-old Raymond Perez responded to a posting on Facebook by a 15-year-old boy who had a pair of Air Jordan Raptor 7 shoes for sale. The athletic shoes sell for hundreds of dollars on the internet.
The younger teen told police Perez asked him to deliver the shoes to the 100 block of Tipton. The teenage victim said Perez tried on the shoes, then pulled out a gun when asked for money.
"It doesn't make no sense to me," said George Sanchez, a friend of Perez. "There was no gun found in the house. The shoes weren't even there."
Sanchez said his friend didn't steal the shoes. However, according to the affidavit, the 15-year-old victim was able to show police Facebook messages where Perez asked the boy to deliver the shoes to him.
Police investigated and obtained a cell phone number that Perez had given to the teen, as well as information from his Facebook account, to identify him as the suspect.
The affidavit states that police found out Perez lived on the same block as the site where the teen was robbed.
"There's no reason why my son should steal from anybody, especially tennies, because he's got expensive tennies," said Perez's mom Judy Hernandez.
KSAT Crime Analyst Eddie Gonzales said both buyer and seller should beware during online transactions.
He suggests meeting in a well-lit, public place, and said if either the buyer or seller changes the location, it should be a red flag.
Gonzales also suggested buyers check out the seller's history before making a purchase.