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Police: Charlotte man robbed victim during phone purchase

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Mecklenburg County Jail photo - Mecklenburg County Jail photo
Isiah Xavier Barnes-Johnson was arrested by police and charged with robbing a man who he had agreed to meet over a cellphone purchase, according to police. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)

A 22-year-old Charlotte man has been charged with robbing a man who had agreed to meet with the suspect through Craigslist to buy a cell phone, according to police.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Isiah Xavier Barnes-Johnson was arrested Saturday after allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint in the University City area. Barnes-Johnson is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Investigators say the victim arranged to meet Barnes-Johnson to buy the phone. When the two met, police say, the suspect pulled a gun and robbed the victim of the money he’d brought to buy the phone.

Police say evidence pointed them in the director of Barnes-Johnson, and he was arrested at his residence. Investigators say the suspect already was wearing a court-ordered electronic monitoring device from a previous robbery charge.

Barnes-Johnson was arrested three times last year on charges including armed robbery, breaking and entering, and larceny. He is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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