CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a Chicago man with robbing another man one year ago during a Facebook Marketplace ruse.
George Miller, 24, allegedly told the 52-year-old victim that he had “done this to women all week” as he held him at gunpoint and took the $400 cash that the victim brought, thinking he would be purchasing a PS5 gaming console.
The victim had been looking to buy a PS5 on Facebook when he saw one offered in his price range, prosecutors said in a detention petition. He contacted the seller and arranged to meet at the victim’s residence in the 8600 block of South Essex on January 30, 2022.
The petition said that Miller arrived around 7 p.m. with a PS5 box, and the victim met him in the building vestibule to complete the sale.
The transaction soured after he handed Miller the agreed-upon $400 in cash.
“You know what time it is,” Miller allegedly told the man while displaying a firearm. He took the cash, left the PS5 box, and fled in a car waiting outside. Prosecutors said the PlayStation box contained books.
Miller’s face was completely visible during the robbery, and the victim also remembered a tattoo on Miller’s left hand, the petition said. Investigators tracked Miller down through his Facebook account.
Judge Susana Ortiz detained Miller to await trial, noting that he is accused of displaying a gun that had a drum-style ammunition magazine attached. Electronic monitoring would be inappropriate, Ortiz said, because Miller would gain access to the internet at home and, additionally, state law allows people on ankle monitors to leave their homes for 48 hours.
She also noted that Miller allegedly boasted about robbing women in a similar ruse “all week.”