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Posted: 8:13 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
By Nate Stewart
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A man told Channel 9 that he was targeted for robbery on Facebook, and that the thief was after a pair of shoes.Tuesday night Eyewitness News learned information on how easily the suspect was captured."Great way to make money actually, if you know what you're doing," said a man who wanted his identity kept a secret.He said he uses Facebook to sell shoes. He uses a group called the Carolina Sneakerhead Society, and he said it is quite a business for collectors in Charlotte.While he doesn't want reveal his identity, this man said he uses Facebook because, "It's more like an obsession. More like a collector's item, certain shoes people have been looking for, for years."After messaging with someone over Facebook, he told Channel 9 on Tuesday night that he agreed to sell Charles Barkley sneakers.Eyewitness News found similar pairs online -- selling for more than 300 dollars.Police said the buyer used the fake name of "Brad Piff," but they said he was really Brandon Ayers.Eyewitness News found out Ayers has been arrested five times in the past three years.The two men agreed to meet after dark on Coker Avenue, but then the sale turned to robbery."I gave him one of the shoes to look at, he just looked at the shoes to see if they had insoles. I told him I didn't, then after that, he just put it right to me," said the victim.Police said Ayers pulled out a gun and then took the expensive shoes and the victim's cellphone, but from there it was not too difficult to catch the suspect.Police arrested Ayers at his home on Maury Street just blocks away from the robbery.Ayers was on probation, and police said he was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the robbery.Tonight Brandon Ayers is still in jail. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.
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