|A screen grab from NBC News shows reporter David Culver describing the Craig's List/iPhone attacks.|
Fairfax County Police are investigating several incidents of people trying to purchase iPhone 5s cell phones from people they met on Craigslist who’ve been beaten and robbed. In at least two of the incidents, the crimes happened at playgrounds at an Annandale townhouse complex, according to a news report on NBC Channel 4.
According to the news broadcast, the thieves contacted people trying to buy iPhones on Craigslist and set up a meeting in a park via text. The victims tended to be Asian or from another country and have limited English skills, Caldwell said. Once they arrived with cash, other men came out of the bushes and kicked, punched, and beat them, then took their phone and cash. One victim was attacked so brutally, he suffered broken bones and lost some vision.