Gunman used Internet to attract victims

(Jan. 30, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

An Anchorage man who used Craigslist’s internet marketplace to lure sellers to a meeting place where he robbed them at gunpoint is in custody, facing up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted for the robbery offenses.

U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said Cloyd Lacap Jr., 21, was named in a federal indictment charging him with interference with commerce by robbery, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The indictment alleges that on Aug. 24, 2019, Lacap arranged to meet the seller of an iPhone at a popular restaurant, where he robbed the seller of the iPhone at gunpoint. On the same day he met the seller of a PlayStation gaming console at a local park and also took the gaming console in an armed robbery.

Under Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based on seriousness of the offense and prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Anchorage police conducted the investigation leading to charges in this case.