Teen robbed at gunpoint after agreeing to buy cell phone on Facebook; suspect arrested

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Charleston Police have arrested a suspect for the armed robbery that occurred about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at King Street and Market Street.

The victim was robbed after agreeing to buy a cell phone on Facebook, according to the Charleston Police Department.

Antoine Zaire Alston, 17, of Wilson Street, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to the department.

Alston was being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

according to the Charleston Police Department, the victim agreed to meet the seller at King Street and Market Street.

When the victim was trying to make a deal with him, the suspect pulled out a handgun and robbed him, according to the Charleston Police Department.

The Charleston Police has established two safe exchange zones to provide a safe environment for people who buy, sell or trade items in private party transactions with people they don’t know.

The Safe Exchange Zones are located in the surface parking lot at the Charleston Police Department at 180 Lockwood Boulevard and the West Ashley Team Four Office at 3545 Mary Ader Avenue.

The Safe Exchange Zones consist of parking spaces marked with Safe Exchange Zone signage and are under 24-hour surveillance video.

The Charleston Police Department list some safety tips for buying and selling items online:

Insist on meeting at the Safe Exchange Zone or at least a public place

Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs

Take your cell phone with you

Complete transactions during daylight hours

Be extra cautious in buying/selling valuable items

Trust your instincts and be cautious of scams

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