A social media-based robbery attempt was thwarted by an armed victim Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Tyler, Texas, Family Dollar store.
The two victims reported that they had arranged to meet the purported seller of a dog that was for sale on social media. Upon arrival, they were met by an individual who led them around the back of the store to complete the transaction, only to be ambushed by several more men. The suspects demanded they lay on the ground and allegedly pointed a handgun at the victims.
That’s when the social media setup went awry for the robbers. One of the victims, a permitted gun owner, drew his weapon and pointed it at the would-be thieves, prompting them to flee the scene. Unharmed, the victims then went inside the store and asked employees to call the police.