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Police: Man grabs weapon from would-be robber during craigslist sell

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BOONE, NC (WBTV) -

Police in Boone say a would-be craigslist robbery was turned around when the victim was able to get the weapon away from his attacker, who was later arrested.

According to the Boone Police Department, officers were called to the parking lot of the New Market Center on Sunday.

When they arrived a man told them he was there to meet a potential cell phone buyer that had contacted him online via craigslist.

After he got into the parking lot, he says another man approached him with a knife and demanded money.

The victim told police that he was able to get control of the knife and the attacker ran away. He ran to a nearby vehicle, driven by a second man and drove away.

The victim suffered a minor injury that did not require medical attention.

Two brothers were later arrested and charged in the incident.

Joshua James Hash, 21, was arrested and charged with Attempted Armed Robbery.  Joshua Hash was assigned a $75,000 secured bond pending a September 17, 2013, court appearance. 

His 17-year-old brother, Kevin Floyd Hash, was arrested and charged with Attempted Armed Robbery and Misdemeanor Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

Kevin Hash was assigned a $100,000 secured bond pending a September 17, 2013, court appearance.

According to police, this incident highlights the need to be cautious anytime you buy or sell items online.  Here are several tips to help keep you safe: 

  • Never meet someone alone, always take a companion
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash
  • Be aware of your surrounding and stay alert
  • If something seems too good to be true, it probably is
  • Always meet in a public place
  • Get as much information as possible about the other person before you meet  including name and phone number(s)

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