2 more men charged with robbing victims during social media marketplace meet-ups

Travelle Logan (left) and Jabari O’Connor (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have accused two more Chicago men of robbing people during meet-ups where the victims were expecting to complete an online transaction. The men, charged separately for different holdups, are the fourth and fifth people charged this month with robbing people during social media meet-ups.

Travelle Logan, 19, and an accomplice who remains at large robbed a 19-year-old man after they went to his home to buy a PlayStation 5 he offered on Facebook, prosecutors alleged.

Logan told the victim he wanted to go into the victim’s home in the 3400 block of West 63rd Street to see how the gaming system worked, officials said. The victim allowed the men inside but asked them to return the PS5 after he realized Logan had lied to him about having sent payment by Zelle, according to a Chicago police report.

At that point, prosecutors said, Logan pulled out a gun and pressed it into the man’s neck.

“Do you want to die tonight?” Logan allegedly asked as he took the man’s phone and the PlayStation. Officials said he returned moments later to force the victim to reveal his phone PIN.

Chicago police officers arrested Logan after they saw him leaving a laundromat near the victim’s home without any laundry, the police report said. He didn’t have a gun, but the cops said he did have 19 bullets in a Jewel-Osco bag.

He is charged with aggravated robbery and possessing ammunition without a license. Judge Charles Beach granted the state’s petition to detain Logan as a safety threat.

In another case, 19-year-old Jabari O’Connor is accused of robbing a 44-year-old man who showed up to buy a PlayStation 5 that O’Connor placed on the Offer Up app, according to court records.

Prosecutors said the victim met O’Connor and another man in a parking lot in the 1000 block of East 132nd Street around 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day to buy the device. As the victim examined the PS5, O’Connor placed a “cold metal object” to his head and demanded money, according to the state’s detention petition.

O’Connor allegedly took $400 from the man, reclaimed the PS5, and fled. Chicago police tracked O’Connor down through his Offer Up user profile and arrested him this week after the victim identified him in a photo line-up, officials said.

Judge Barbara Dawkins detained O’Connor on a charge of aggravated robbery. The man who accompanied him to the robbery has not been charged.

Other recent charges filed in robberies linked to social media transactions include:

  • Prosecutors say Cedric Dupree, identified in a CPD arrest report as a 56-year-old “Preacher Man,” is accused of robbing a 26-year-old woman at gunpoint after she raised questions about the condition of his vehicle during a Facebook Marketplace meet.
  • 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. The man allegedly told the victim she should “Get the f*** out of Chicago” as he held her at gunpoint.

Tuesday 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 suspect description, and no arrests have been announced.

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