A Craigslist encounter didn’t go the way the seller of a laptop had planned after the buyer tried to give him some counterfeit money.
It happened in Denver when Earl May Jr., 31, agreed to meet the seller of a laptop in a parking lot. When they met, May passed off some counterfeit money in exchange for the laptop and when the victim noticed the fake bills, confronted May about it.
Police say that’s when May threatened the victim and implied that he had a firearm. Unbeknownst to May, the victim actually had a real firearm of his own that he happened to be carrying concealed. Feeling threatened, the victim drew his firearm and held May at gunpoint while he dialed 911. May had no firearm, as he was pretending.
During the 911 call, police say a homeless woman intervened and when she did, the victim was distracted and allowed May to take off.
May was eventually caught by police after he made his way to a restaurant and pretended to be the victim.
Police say the victim had his concealed carry permit.