YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A Yorktown man who had posted his ATV for sale online was allegedly threatened with a gun and robbed Tuesday night during a meeting with potential buyers, according to the Yorktown Police Department.
The meetup on Columbine Court, which happened around 10 p.m., was arranged through a “social media marketplace,” though police did not reveal the specific website. Police also would not say whether the Yorktown man lived on Columbine Court.
During the potential sale, said Police Chief Robert Noble, the buyers, both men, displayed what appeared to be a handgun. One of the men drove off in the ATV while the other drove off in a car, police said.
The ATV was recovered when one of the men, Brandon R. Dean, 27, of the Bronx, was located in the town of Mount Pleasant, where he was arrested by local and county police.
The second man, Jermal Lincoln, 29, of the Bronx, was located Wednesday afternoon by the New York Police Department. Yorktown police responded to the 40th Precinct, in the Bronx, where Lincoln was arrested.
Dean and Lincoln were arraigned at Yorktown Justice Court on charges of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony.
Both men were unable to post bail ($25,000 cash/$50,000 bond for Dean and $50,000 cash/$100,000 bond for Lincoln) and were remanded to Westchester County Department of Corrections. They are due back in court at 6 p.m. Thursday (June 27).
Internet Exchange Purchase Zone
In 2016, the Yorktown Police Department set aside some of its parking spaces for transactions of this nature.
Located at police headquarters, at 2281 Crompond Road, the “Internet Exchange Purchase Zone” can be used for “just about any purchase that would require a face-to-face meeting to finalize a legal transaction,” Noble told Yorktown News at the time.
“Our business hours are 24/7/365, so if you are a Yorktown resident and need our front parking lot to make your legal transaction much safer, please use it,” he said in 2016.
Editor's Note: This article was updated at noon Thursday, June 27.