Robbery, theft of two women latest cautionary tale on meeting strangers to sell items
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The robbery and alleged assault of a woman selling her iPhone is the latest cautionary tale when it comes to meeting with strangers.
Police say on Tuesday, a woman selling her rose gold iPhone 7 and bluetooth headphones met a man outside the Fazoli's restaurant at Harding Mall. The woman invited the man, identified as Tijan Kabba, into her vehicle to view the phone.
The woman says Kabba hit her in the temple with the back of his hand before stealing her phone and fleeing on foot.
Police responded to the scene and were taking the woman's information when an employee told police Kabba had actually returned to the restaurant through a back entrance to get a drink.
Officers walked around the back of the building where they observed Kabba meeting with another person in their car selling an iPhone. Police say Kabba snatched the black iPhone from the victim, also a female, then ran from the scene.
Police found Kabba near the Walmart on Nolensville Pike and placed the 19-year-old under arrest. Both iPhones were discovered in his pocket.
Kabba was charged with robbery and theft of property.
Police from multiple agencies have previously advised anyone selling items on a public marketplace should meet at designated areas or outside police stations to maintain safety.
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