Man who lured, robbed online shoe seller guilty

Posted at 7:14 AM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 20:16:05-05

A man trying to sell a pair of shoes online got more than he bargained for when his prospective buyer shoved a pistol in his face.

The West Seneca man exchanged messages with 20-year-old Rodney Lee online and made arrangements to have Lee meet with him at the victim’s house on Delray Avenue.

Lee arrived with two others, including Demetrius Pennick. As Lee was looking at one of the shoes in a vehicle, Pennick pulled out a pistol and demanded the other shoe from the victim.

The victim backed up and Lee, who police say was behind the wheel, fled the scene. But the victim got the license plate number and phoned police.

Officers found the vehicle on East Parade Street in Buffalo and took Lee and Pennick into custody. They also recovered the sneakers and pistol, which turned out to be a BB gun.

Pennick pleaded guilty to his role in the robbery and Lee was convicted of second degree robbery on December 9th following a 10-day jury trial.

Lee faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced.




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