‘Preacher Man’ robbed woman at gunpoint during Facebook Marketplace transaction, Chicago police say

CHICAGO — In another Facebook Marketplace transaction gone wrong, a Chicago man is facing armed robbery charges, accused of pulling a gun on a woman who questioned “inconsistencies” in the Cadillac he was trying to sell her.

It’s the latest example of the risks involved in taking valuables and cash to meet with strangers from the internet.

Prosecutors say Cedric Dupree, 56, whose occupation is listed as “Preacher Man” on his Chicago police arrest report, offered his Cadillac for sale on Facebook and agreed to meet with a 26-year-old woman interested in buying it.

They got together in the 7300 block of South Dante around 1:50 p.m. on June 23 to complete the deal. But the woman inspected the car and raised several concerns about the vehicle with Dupree, prosecutors said in a detention petition.

In response, the petition said, Dupree pulled out a handgun and demanded everything the woman had, including the $1,500 cash she brought to buy the car. After getting her money, he jumped into the Cadillac and drove away, prosecutors alleged.

Cedric Dupree (Chicago Police Department)

Dupree is charged with armed robbery with a firearm. However, Judge Charles Beach rejected the state’s detention request. He allowed Dupree to go home to await trial with a nighttime curfew. The judge noted Dupree’s criminal record is relatively distant: a 1985 armed robbery, a 1997 theft by deception, and a 2014 stalking and assault.

Yesterday afternoon, a 24-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint when he showed up to the 2900 block of North Lincoln to buy a phone offered for sale online. When he arrived, a woman emerged from a building, displayed a gun, and robbed him, officials said. Police did not release a description of the suspect.

Last week, prosecutors charged a man and woman with robbing a woman at gunpoint when she showed up to sell one of them a razr+ phone on February 1.

“Get the f*** out of Chicago,” one of the robbers scowled before taking the woman’s razr+ and fleeing on foot.

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