Online car sale scam ends in armed robbery, 1 arrest


The suspect used his real name and nickname while communicating with the victim

A previous mugshot of Aaron Lara. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man accused of luring another man to meet him about buying a car, then robbing him at gunpoint was arrested Tuesday in Cornelius.

The alleged robber, Aaron Lara, met the victim online using the “LetGo” app, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The men had been discussing the purchase of a car.

But deputies said Lara arrived at the meeting spot near Rock Creek Apartments on a Honda sportbike, pulled a gun and took the victim’s backpack.

Deputies responded the scene just after 8 a.m. but couldn’t find the thief. They did, however, learn that the suspect had used his real name and even his nickname — “Chief” — while communicating with the victim.

Deputies recognized the nickname so they drove to his house, found the motorcycle parked in the driveway and arrested Lara for 1st-degree robbery.

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