Arrest Made in Christmas Night Craigslist Attack

An arrest has been made in connection with a Christmas night attack against a victim who went to a Seal Beach parking lot trying to sell a watch but instead was robbed at gunpoint, authorities said Thursday.

Oscar Alexis Mejia, 26, of Long Beach, was taken into custody Wednesday near East Fourth Street and Pine Avenue in Long Beach, according to the Seal Beach Police Department.

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Details of Mejia’s arrest were not known, but police said a firearm was found in his car.

The 26-year-old is accused of arranging to meet the unidentified victim to buy a gold Rolex watch, which the victim advertised on Craigslist. But when the pair met in person, Mejia allegedly pulled out a handgun and stole the watch, police said.

The attack happened about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 25, 2013, in the parking lot of a CVS at Seal Beach Towne Center (map), police said.

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In light of the attack, police reminded anyone looking to buy or sell goods on Craigslist to take the following precautions:

  • Never meet in person during nighttime hours.
  • Never meet in desolate locations.
  • Never provide your personal information.
  • Never meet alone.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Detective G. Krogman with the Seal Beach Police Department at 562-799-4100 ext. 1108.

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