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Hartford Man Who Used Mobile Classified Apps To Rob Victims, Pleads Not Guilty To Robbery Charges

An 18-year-old Hartford man indicted in late November for robbing victims using mobile apps like OfferUp and Craigslist, plead not guilty to his charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

According to court records, Isaiah Halliday was indicted on six counts of robbery for a scheme where he would post cell phones and vehicles for sale on mobile apps and then rob the victims at gun point when they arrived for the transaction.

In court documents, an officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Hartford field office details the more than a dozen robberies Halliday is suspected to have conducted between September and November of this year.

According to documents filed in court, Halliday would set up fake profiles on the apps and post items for sale. When the victims arrived, he’d brandish a gun and demand the money.

On Oct. 5, Hartford Police investigated an incident where a woman reported she had been robbed at gunpoint on Deerfield Street.

The woman told police she had responded to a posting of an iPhone for sale on an app called Letgo. She said she spoke with the seller, a man who identified himself as “Jeff Weisel” and arranged to meet him.

When the victim met with the suspect, the suspect pulled a black handgun from his waist and demanded the $200 the victim had agreed to pay him for the iPhone.

The suspect fled with the money.

According to court documents, more than a dozen robberies of this kind occurred in Hartford between September and November,

In at least one incident, Halliday is charged with discharging his weapon when a victim attempted to get away when they realized the transaction was a robbery.

According to court records, on Nov. 11 Hartford Police responded to Blue Hills Avenue on the report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim told police that he had agreed to meet with a man using the name “Luis Hernandez” to buy an iPhone off the mobile app OfferUp.The victim said they met on Mansfield Street and when the suspect pulled a gun on the victim, the victim attempted to drive away.

The suspect then fired one round, hitting the victim in the right forearm.

Following the robbery incidents, the activity on the mobile apps was traced to an email belonging to Halliday.

Each of the robbery offenses Halliday is charged with carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and the firearm charge carries a minimum term of 10 years.

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