Police arrest suspected "Craigslist Robber"

Rayjaun Martin (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Rayjaun Martin (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities arrested a teen Thursday afternoon who they believe is responsible for recent robberies in the Baton Rouge area, some of them involving Craigslist.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Rayjaun Martin, 17, is accused of four robberies and officers think he used Craigslist to help him commit two of those.

The first robbery investigators suspect Martin was connected with happened the night of Oct. 8. Detectives said he is accused of being at the home of someone in the 9000 block of W. Darryl Parkway around 10:30 p.m. and setting that person up to be robbed by two men who barged in carrying handguns.

The next incident took place in the early morning hours of Nov. 20 in the 9000 block of Great Smokey Avenue. Two people were carjacked while sitting in a parked vehicle a little before 2 a.m. Police reported the victims were also robbed and one of the items taken was an iPad. They suspect Martin and an unknown suspect were responsible for the robbery.

Another case on Great Smokey in the same area as the previous crime caught the attention of investigators. Someone who posted an ad on Craigslist offering to buy or sell iPads was beat up and robbed Dec. 12 around 8:30 p.m. Police said it happened when he was trying to collect money from what he thought was a potential customer. Police accuse Martin of being one of three men suspected in the robbery. They added at least one of the men held a gun.

About a week later, cash and property were taken from a man in the 3100 block of Moterrey around 7 p.m. The victim had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell an iPhone, but when he showed up to meet the supposed buyer he was robbed at gunpoint. Investigators believe Martin was one of the two men who committed the robbery.

The suspect was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on four counts of armed robbery.

Detectives indicated the investigation into other robberies Martin could possibly connected to is continuing.

They added more arrests are expected.

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