Officials: Attempted murder in Aiken can teach lesson about Holiday shopping safety

Tyreek Raekwon Bacon is wanted for attempted murder, armed robbery meeting with victim to allegedly sell a phone
Tyreek Raekwon Bacon is wanted for attempted murder, armed robbery meeting with victim to allegedly sell a phone

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF)- Monday night in Aiken, a meet-up to purchase a cell phone ended in violence.

“We received a call from the emergency room,” said Lt. Karl Odenthal of Aiken Public Safety.

The victim met Tyreek Rawkwon Bacon at Hahn Village, just off Laurens St., about a mile away from downtown. But when they met, Bacon didn’t produce the phone.

“Then a suspect shot him and took his money,” Odenthal said.

Bacon was already wanted for for an incident earlier this year on nine charges, including armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a handgun by a prohibited person. So if you are meeting with a stranger to make a deal, you should always be cautious.

“We always recommend that you go to a safe place, a public place, usually bring somebody with you,” Odenthal said.

Go during the day, and only bring the amount of cash required. You should also try to meet somewhere with a camera, so there will be a record if something goes wrong.

NewsChannel 6’s own John Hart even fell victim to a dishonest seller online– this time it was for Falcons tickets

“Against my better judgement, I went on Craigslist and found a guy who was offering two at what I thought was a really, really almost too good to be true price,” he said.

They planned to meet up at a Wendy’s near the Georgia Dome.

“I went to the CNN center and realized there was no longer a Wendy’s there, which would have been my first clue because he said he was picking up his son who works at Wendy’s,” Hart said.

Turned out, it was too good to be true. They were fakes.

Lt. Odenthal says you should never go with a last-minute change of plans.

“If all the sudden you’re scheduled to meet at Wal-Mart inside, and all the sudden they want to say let’s meet by the car on a backside of Wal-Mart, that’s a red flag,” he said.

Good places to meet up are banks and sheriff’s office, since both have a heavy law enforcement presence and lots of cameras.

Bacon is still on the loose. His charges now include attempted murder.

He is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, don’t approach him, just call Crimestoppers at 888-274-6352.

There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 to help authorities find him.

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