Gates Mills teen robbed at gunpoint in Cleveland after being lured to home via SnapChat, police say
CLEVELAND, Ohio— A Gates Mills teen was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday after he was lured to a home under the guise of buying shoes from someone he met on the social media app SnapChat, according to police.
Armed robbers put a gun to the back of the 16-year-old boy’s head and threatened to kill him several times, according to police reports.
Keevon Hawkins, 18, of Lakewood used SnapChap to lure the teen to the home, police said. He is charged with aggravated robbery and a warrant was issued Wednesday for his arrest.
Another man inside the home who put the gun to the teen’s head has not yet been identified by police.
The incident happened about 3:30 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 2800 block of Woodbridge Road near West 25th Street in the city’s Brooklyn Centre neighborhood.
Hawkins gave the man the Woodrbirdge Road address. The teen got to the home and met Hawkins and the other man, according to police.
The two told him that the shoes were in the basement and the trio went inside, according to police reports.
The other man pulled out a handgun, put it to the back of the teen’s head and demanded the teen get on the ground and give up his cellphone, police reports say.
The gunman threatened to kill him several times unless he complied and Hawkins told the teen that the armed man was crazy and urged him to do what he said, according to police.
The teen got on the ground, threw his cellphone and $600 cash on the ground, according to police reports. The two men grabbed the items and demanded his cellphone password, according to police reports.
The teen told them. The robbers told the teen: “If you go to the police we’ll find you. We know where you live now,” according to police reports.
The duo jumped in car and sped off. The teen walked out of the home and flagged down a police officer, police reports say.
Investigators found the teen’s phone in the backyard of the home, police reports say.
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