The Washington Post

Four charged with luring robbery victims using Craigslist

Fairfax County police have arrested four people on charges of robbing and assaulting victims whom they found on Craigslist.

Lucy Caldwell, a police spokeswoman, said that the four suspects posted on the Web site that they were selling iPhone 5S devices at below-market prices. When the suspects went to meet people who expressed interested in buying the phones, she said, they instead robbed them and sometimes assaulted them.

Charged by police were Mohamed Haddou, 19, of Annandale; Wendy Lotongo, 19, of Alexandria; David Obripau, 19, of Washington; and David Williams, 20, of Annandale.

Lotongo, Obripau, and Williams were charged with robbery; Haddou and Williams were charged with malicious wounding; and Lotongo was also charged with using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Caldwell said that all of the victims were “of non-English speaking background and were foreign to U.S.,” but the police department would not say that the victims were specifically targeted based on their nationalities.

She said that the investigation into the Craigslist robberies is ongoing, and additional suspects may be charged.

Get updates on your area delivered via e-mail

Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.