A man suspected of stealing four cellphones at gunpoint from a seller he met online was arrested in Redwood City this morning, according to police. The robbery was reported Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. when an 18-year-old East Palo Alto resident agreed to meet the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Denmark Copeland of Redwood City, in the 2400 block of El Camino Real.
Police said the victim had listed four cellphones for sale on Facebook and went to a parking lot to meet Copeland. The victim got into Copeland’s car and Copeland allegedly pulled a gun and demanded he hand over the phones. The victim complied and got out of the car without injury. Police identified Copeland as a suspect and started surveillance on all residences associated with him.
At about 9 a.m. today officers saw him walking in the 300 block of McEvoy Street and arrested him. He was allegedly carrying a replica handgun in his waistband and evidence connecting him to the robbery, police said. Copeland was booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of robbery.
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