DeKalb County

DeKalb man accused of luring victims off Facebook Marketplace to rob them at gunpoint arrested

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County investigators have arrested a man accused of luring people off Facebook Marketplace to buy items and then robbing them.

Police have been searching for Regi Knight after they say he posted a fake ad for a car on Facebook Marketplace. When the buyer arrived to purchase the car, police say Knight robbed him at gunpoint, stole the victim’s car and cash.

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Investigators say Knight then posted pictures and videos in the stolen car on social media.

On Wednesday afternoon, police told Channel 2 Action News that DeKalb County Marshalls took Knight into custody on aggravated assault and armed robbery charges.

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Channel 2′s Candace McCowan spoke with one of Knight’s alleged victims. James Rabbit, a retired veteran, saw an ad for a 77 Oldsmobile Cutlass on Facebook Marketplace and said he knew he had to act fast.

“Something that brought me back to my childhood a little bit. A 1977 Cutlass is pretty much a desirable car,” Rabbitt told McCowan.

Rabbitt and a friend drove from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to meet up with a man, who police identified as Knight, about the car.

“He snuck around the back side of me, got to the rear of my black Chevy Tahoe and I heard in the distance, I heard ‘Give me the money (expletive), give that money (expletive).’”

When Rabbitt looked up, he said Knight pointed a gun at him.

Police did not say where Knight was arrested on Wednesday. He faces charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery.

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