NORTHWEST OF MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A scary sale in a supermarket parking lot in northwest Miami-Dade quickly turned dangerous after a 15-year-old offered his iPhone online.
“It’s very disturbing and alarming, and I’m not doing this OfferUp thing anymore,” Viecksa Miranda said.
Scary moments for Miranda and her 15-year-old son, Roger Soca, when they said a sale had gone horribly wrong.
“It was very shocking,” Soca said.
The mother and son said they were selling an iPhone 13 on the OfferUp app and agreed to meet an interested buyer at a Publix parking lot northwest of 186th Street near 87th Avenue just before 5 p.m. Tuesday .
“He and I kind of had, like I don’t know, you know, like a hunch,” Miranda said.
Soca said people who were there to buy the phone stayed in their cars and it stood near the driver’s side.
His mother was on the other side letting the passenger check the phone, when suddenly the driver took off.
Soca said his leg was scraped with cuts and bruises. He pulled out his phone and began taking pictures as the subjects walked away.
“He almost had a car accident coming out of the Publix, and he almost hit a few other people,” Miranda said.
Surveillance video from a nearby liquor store shows the car speeding up and pulling out of the parking lot.
Miranda and Soca said that despite losing an iPhone, they knew they were lucky and things hadn’t gotten worse.
“I’m fine. I’m glad my mom is safe and she wasn’t hurt or anything. I’m glad everyone is safe,” Soca said.
For anyone considering using OfferUp or any similar app, Miranda and Soca have some advice.
“If your intentions are good and you want to create a transaction as such, then yes, go to a police station,” Miranda said.
Miami-Dade Police are investigating the incident.
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