Two Buffalo teenagers have been convicted of robbing another teen of a diamond ring, his wallet and iPhone after the victim announced on Facebook that he was selling the ring.
Brandan Brown, 16, of Walden Avenue, pleaded guilty last week to first- and second-degree robbery, while Demetrius Tiggs, 16, of Keystone Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in the April 5 holdup at an East Side intersection.
The 17-year-old victim offered the ring for sale on Facebook, and Brown agreed to buy it for $300, arranging to meet the seller at Sumner Place and Rohe Street, according to Erie County Assistant District Attorney Michael P. Felicetta.
When the victim arrived at the scene, he was accosted at gunpoint and pistol-whipped by the defendants who fled with the ring, the wallet and iPhone, Felicetta said. Good Samaritans from a nearby church helped the victim and called police.
Officers arrested Brown and Tiggs a short distance from the robbery scene. The ring was recovered, but not the wallet or iPhone. Both defendants were released on bail.
Tiggs was arrested again with a juvenile on Aug. 21 while breaking into a home on Wood Avenue after neighbors called police to report the burglary. The victim was not at home.
Tiggs pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in the August incident. The juvenile is being prosecuted in Family Court.
Tiggs was charged as a juvenile in the April robbery because he was 15 at the time. But he was charged as an adult in the burglary because he was 16. He faces up to four years in prison for the robbery and up to 15 years for the burglary, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
Brown faces up to 25 years in prison for first-degree robbery and up to 15 years for second-degree robbery, Sedita said.
Both are eligible for youthful offender status.
Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico will sentence Tiggs on Jan. 15 and Brown on Feb. 14.