Facebook sale goes wrong in Shops of Saddle Creek parking lot

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. -- A Facebook sale went horribly wrong at the Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown.

Germantown Police told WREG a man met Kelvin Johnson at the shopping center to make an exchange late last week, just before 7 p.m.

The two met on the Facebook Marketplace — a part of the popular social media site used to advertise items for sale.

Johnson was supposed to buy a $6,000 diamond ring from the victim. Instead, the victim said he got into Johnson's car and drove a short distance. As they stopped in front of the J.Crew, another man approached and held the victim at gunpoint, demanding the ring.

The victim got out of Johnson's car and turned over the ring. The suspects then drove off.

As the victim called 911, he followed the men. They eventually stopped near a dry cleaner off Poplar and pointed a gun at the victim. Police said Johnson and the other gunman ditched the car and took off running.

Authorities found Johnson hiding in a nearby dumpster.

People we talked to today said while it seems the victim was doing the right thing to be in a public place for a transaction, it's a reminder always to be aware.

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