According to police, Maryland 3rd District officers responded to an armed robbery around noon on December 20.
The incident happened at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East West Highway in Silver Spring, where the victim was meeting a potential buyer (the suspect) to sell his Christian Louboutin Louis Orlato Holographic sneakers, valued at $700. The meeting was set up through a website called OfferUp.
The victim (seller) and the suspect (buyer) met for the sale/exchange and there was a disagreement over the transaction. During the disagreement, the suspect displayed a handgun and left the area with the shoes.
The suspect, Davon Alfred Moore, 24, was charged and arrested on December 24 for armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and theft between $100 and $1,500.
Moore, a resident of the 2500 block of R St. SE., was released on December 26 after posting a $5,000 bond.
The Montgomery County Police Department has designated safe Exchange Zones for residents to complete online transactions. These Exchange Zones are located at each of the six police district station’s lobbies and parking lots (with the exception of the Second District parking lot). Find more information about Exchange Zones, here.
When selling or purchasing items from an unknown person, the Montgomery County Police Department offers the following safety tips:
- Always meet the buyer or seller at an exchange zone that is well populated, well lit, and preferably at a designated police exchange zone.
- Tell a friend or family member where you’re going to meet someone and when possible, take a friend with you.
- Inform the buyer/seller that you will not be alone.
- Do not invite strangers into your home.
- Never give out any personal or financial information.
- When dealing with large sums of cash, don’t be afraid to tell the buyer that you will want to check the bills for authenticity.
- It is OK to show a buyer that you have an item, but do not surrender it until you have checked the validity of the currency.
- Look for the denomination specific security features. Each bill has a specific watermark and security thread.
- Sometimes an advertised sale is a scam…trust your instincts – if it sounds like a scam or too good to be true, it probably is.