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SWAT team called after Craigslist meet up gone wrong

A SWAT team was called to Cortez Drive in West Lafayette Sunday afternoon after an attempted armed robbery, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Jul 1, 2018 11:39 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2018 9:27 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A SWAT team was called to Cortez Drive in West Lafayette Sunday afternoon after an attempted armed robbery, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office provided updated information about the case Monday morning.

Around 3:15 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff's office responded to an armed robbery report just off Sagamore Parkway. A man was meeting in response to a Craigslist ad for a vehicle. When the man showed up to the spot, he was approached by an unknown man carrying a gun, an unknown man carrying a large knife and two other unknown men. 

They told the victim to give them his wallet and cell phone and the four people took the items to an apartment on Cortez Drive. After a search warrant was obtained, three men and two women were found inside. The sheriff's office said they interviewed all the people inside, but no arrests have been made. 

"It's scary when there are 4 criminals and nobody knows what's going on," said bystander Amanda Russ. 

She described what is was like to watch the scene unfold. 

"We were like whoa what's going on and everybody flew in at mach 900," said Russ. 

The Sheriff's Department encourages anyone with information on the robbery to call dispatch.

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