Lafayette police are searching for two men, at least one of them believed to be armed, who allegedly beat and robbed a man outside his home during an aborted attempt at an online auto sale Friday morning.
A Rolex watch and cell phone were believed taken during the incident, which occurred at about 10:30 a.m. in the 3400 block of Moraga Boulevard.
The suspected robbers, described preliminarily as two black males with one in a white shirt, escaped in a white Volkswagen Passat and were last seen driving in the direction of downtown Lafayette from Moraga Boulevard.
Officers determined that the resident had posted a vehicle for sale on an on-line classified ad website. The resident received a call from an unknown person who wanted to see the vehicle. The resident provided their home address to the caller and the pair agreed to a meeting time. When the prospective buyer arrived in the neighborhood, they claimed they could not find the home and agreed to meet at a local business. The resident was met by two subjects who represented themselves as interested buyers of the vehicle. The group then returned to the home of the resident on Moraga Boulevard, according to police.
When they arrived at the home, the resident and one of the buyers went into the garage to retrieve some parts for the vehicle and, once there, the buyer produced a firearm and demanded the seller get down on the ground. The resident did as instructed. The suspect then demanded his personal property. The seller removed his watch, telephone and a necklace, which was taken by the suspect. The suspect then struck the resident with the firearm in the head.
Police said the suspect returned to the vehicle they had arrived, believed to be similar to a white Volkswagen Passat, and fled the area. The seller sought assistance from a neighbor, who called the police. LPD Officers arrived in the neighborhood, but were unable to locate the suspects or their vehicle.
LPD Investigators and CSI personnel responded to the scene and processed the area for evidence and were able to collect several items of evidence from the scene. Investigators are asking neighbors in the area to check their home security systems for any images of the suspects or their vehicle. Investigators are seeking any images that may be of the suspect vehicle as it moved through the neighborhood. Investigators ask neighbors who locate images of the suspects or their vehicle contact our police dispatch center at (925) 284-5010.