“A Philadelphia man who came to Upper Darby to commit a crime became the victim of an armed robbery,” delcotimes.com reports. Seems he was meeting some friends of a friend to buy a gun. Nothing illegal in that, right? Well, it depends. The local 5-0 thinks the buyer was made of straw. In any case, he never got his gat. Maybe the sight of the meeting should have tipped him off: the parking lot of a defunct Sears. Anyway, when the guy with his eye on a new pistol met Rayquan Waters and Rodney Spadey, they stuck a gun in his neck and relieved him of $300 . . .
“This guy comes in from Philadelphia looking to buy a gun in Upper Darby,” police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “Initially, he said it was a street robbery, but we learned later he came here to buy a gun. I would have loved to arrest the victim. Who knows what he wanted to do with the gun? There is no innocent victim in this case. It’s just a shame we couldn’t lock the victim up.”
Why the cops didn’t hold onto the alleged victim is anyone’s guess. But all’s well that ends well.
Waters and Spady allegedly admitted their involvement in the robbery and were jailed.
They were arraigned on charges of robbery, possessing instruments of crime, prohibitive offensive weapons, theft and reckless endangerment. Bail on Spady was set at 10 percent of $50,000.
And shazam, the the joke was on the victim all along.
According to Chitwood, Waters bail was set at 10 percent of $150,000 because he was the one with the gun, identified as a replica Smith & Wesson BB gun.