1 Charged, 1 At Large In Strange Fake Money Robbery
One suspect has been charged and the second is at large following a robbery in Oklahoma City.
According to documents, it began two weeks ago when a couple arrived at an apartment complex near Northwest 7th Street and Rockwell Avenue.
The couple was there to sell a grow light to a man they found on a commerce app, known to them as, “Jacob Frye.”
Police reports indicate the couple handed over the lamp, and “Frye” handed them the money.
As the man began walking away, the couple realized the $300 he paid them was counterfeit money.
Reports say the husband went after the man but was stopped by a different man with a gun.
The victims walked away and called police.
The following day, police found a man matching the first suspect’s description in the area where the crime happened.
Court documents show the man’s name was not Jacob Frye, but Isaac Anderson. He was arrested without incident outside a dollar store.
Anderson was charged this week, but the second suspect is still unidentified.
Responding officers indicated several other robberies had been reported in the area where this one happened.
“Sadly, we continue to see people get robbed conducting these kinds of transactions where they're selling something online and meeting a buyer some place,” Oklahoma City MSgt. Gary Knight said.
In order to avoid such an incident, police recommend meeting at some sort of law enforcement headquarters to conduct a trade.
“It's always best to do it some place that's more safe. You can even come to a police station, one of the local police stations around town or to police headquarters and you can conduct this business in the lobby of a police station, where you're certainly going to be safer than in a parking lot,” Knight said.