Robber arrested by APD

Published 12:13 am Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Mobile man was arrested on strong arm robbery and theft of property charges after using Facebook Marketplace as an opportunity to steal money from a customer last week, according to the Atmore Police Department.

Chief Chuck Brooks said a local female resident met with the Mobile man, later identified through subpoenas from the social media website as Nigah Edwards, at a business on Highway 21 north to purchase a pair of shoes from him.

“The male subject approached her vehicle with the shoes in which she agreed to purchase,” Brooks said. “The male subject (Edwards) had the items posted on Facebook for $100, but demanded $125 from the female.

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“After some conversation, she agreed to pay the extra $25,” he said. “As the female subject was looking through her purse, the suspect saw more money inside the purse, and struggled with the female in order to gain control of her purse.”

Brooks said once Edwards physically forced the money from her hands, he left the area heading south on Interstate 65.

After subpoenas were ordered for the website to identify Edwards, warrants were issued, Brooks said.

“The suspect was arrested in Mobile, and transported to the Escambia County Jail without incident,” he said. “Unfortunately, the money which was taken from the victim, which was around $2,700, was not recovered.”