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Lubbock police arrest Craigslist robbery suspect

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Ryan Alexander Arcos, 21 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) Ryan Alexander Arcos, 21 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

Lubbock police have arrested a suspect accused of robbing a couple who responded to a Craigslist ad back in December.

Ryan Alexander Arcos, 21, has been charged with aggravated robbery and theft.

The victims almost lost $450, but the apologetic robber was willing to settle for $250.

Zach Ochoa and Alyssa Franco responded to a Craigslist ad while scouring stores for the sold out PlayStation 4.

They contacted the man who posted the ad and agreed to meet with him at a park near 50th and Chicago.

"We walked up to him… He looked like he was about to go into an apartment, like he was going to get the PS4 so we stopped and that's when he turned around with the gun," Franco said. "He said 'I'm sorry but I really need this money.'"

Franco was holding the $450 she had planned to spend on the gift for Ochoa. She said she saw the robber's finger on the trigger when he pointed the gun directly at her.

She says she made a deal with the man and talked him out of taking all of the money.

"He said 'I'll just take $250' and so I counted out my $200 and said here... and then I told him Merry Christmas."

Franco and Ochoa now believe that the ad was a trick to lure prospective buyers into bringing money for a game console that he never really had.

Police are advising anyone that uses Craigslist or any similar web sites to use caution when meeting with a seller.

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