By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A woman's reply to a Craigslist ad for a used vehicle became a terrifying ordeal and her attempt to get justice.
Erica Walker says she was robbed at gunpoint in Knoxville after answering a Craigslist ad for the vehicle.
The events started in Murfreesboro, where she answered the ad.
"They said they had a 2008 Yukon GMC," said Walker.
The man on the other line, only known as Michael, was asking $2,800.
Walker says that was a deal she could not turn down, and agreed to meet the man at Knoxville Billiards on Chapman Highway around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
That's when things went sour. Michael, and another man who came with him, did not have the title for the car when they met.
"He grabbed his gun," said Walker. "He had a big black handgun and he pointed at me. He said if I didn't give him the money right now that he would shoot me."
She handed over the $2,800 in cash and the suspects fled.
She called 911.
"I wouldn't wish it on anybody," she said. "I'm humiliated because I'm usually smarter than this."
During Walker's interview with 6 News an unexpected turn of events happened. "Michael" called Walker's cell phone.
After calling back with no answer, she used another phone to see if he would pick up. He did.
Walker pretended to be a different person and arranged to meet up with Michael at a new place.
Right away with 6 News' assistance Walker called the Knoxville Police Department and arranged for officers to be with her at the meeting point.
After waiting at the YMCA on 5th Avenue, the initial meeting place, the suspect changed locations to a convenience store on Olive Street.
After being spotted, the suspects fled, leaving the gold Yukon at Central Church of Christ on Woodbine.
Walker positively identified the vehicle.
Though no arrests were made, she says she is glad something happened.
"It feels really good," said Walker. "Feels maybe justice will be served in this case."
She says from now on she will rethink using Craigslist.
"I'll probably use Craigslist if I meet them at the police station. Maybe I'll call 911 next time," she said.
Walker says she plans to follow-up with police until these two suspects are behind bars.
Knoxville police are now processing the vehicle that was recovered.
They are asking anyone with information to call (865) 215-7212.
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