Man trying to buy illegal gun robbed at gunpoint

Posted: October 19, 2012

A MAN WHO planned to illegally buy a gun on the streets of Upper Darby was instead robbed at gunpoint of the $350 he was carrying to buy the gun, police said.

"This is a case where there truly is no victim," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

The buyer, a Philadelphia man in his 20s whom Chitwood declined to identify, traveled Saturday to the parking lot of the Upper Darby Sears store, on 69th Street, thinking he was going to buy a 9 mm handgun from Rayquan Waters, 16, of Upper Darby, and Rodney Spady, 20, of Philadelphia, police said.

"When you buy a gun like that, on the street, 99 percent of the time it's for no good reason," Chitwood said. "It's not because you want to rescue somebody."

When the men met up in the Sears' parking lot, Waters allegedly held up the buyer at gunpoint and stole his money.

The gun that Waters used in the robbery was later determined to be a BB gun that "looked just like a 9 mm semiautomatic," Chitwood said.

Police were alerted to the robbery from a passerby who saw the hold up.

Spady and Waters, who was charged as an adult, face several offenses, including robbery and possessing instruments of a crime.

"We looked high and low for a way to lock up the victim, too, but we haven't found one yet," Chitwood said.

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