Craigslist Robber Tries to Pay With Counterfeit Cash and Makes Threats but His Victim Was Armed…

January 2 2015
by GSL Staff
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Earl May Jr. is currently in police custody and will likely be facing a myriad of charges after the man tried to pull a fast one during a Craigslist transaction.

May allegedly tried to purchase a laptop from a man on the popular classifieds website using counterfeit money.

When the victim confronted May over the fake cash, May told the victim that he had a gun and attempted to make off with the laptop.

Unfortunately for May, the victim was a concealed carrier who drew his firearm after May implied that he had a firearm.

The victim then tried to call 911, but was distracted by a homeless woman and May fled the area. May was later arrested by police.

This incident is the most common type of defensive gun use. That is, one in which no shots were fired and no one was hurt. Despite this being the most common type of defensive gun use, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

This is the 16th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Colorado and the 1,373rd defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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