Tonawanda News

August 7, 2013

Craigslist Robber gets 14 years

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A 22-year-old man who used Craigslist advertisements to lure unsuspecting victims has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by Erie County Court Judge Thomas Franczyk.

Kendrick Pritchett, of 295 Amherst St., Buffalo, was also sentenced Monday to five years of post-release supervision.

Pritchett pleaded guilty in June to six counts of second-degree robbery in connection with the Craigslist thefts. Between March 28 and April 9, Pritchett used Craigslist.org to advertise fictitious items such as iPhones and iPads, and then then met the online shoppers in the Town of Tonawanda, Amherst and Buffalo.

During the meetings, Pritchett displayed what appeared to be a handgun and forced the victims to turn over their cash and other property. Pritchett also assaulted one of the six victims, the attorney’s office said.

The last victim quickly notified Town of Tonawanda police after a robbery on April 9, and authorities pursued Pritchett with the help of their K9 officer, Tank. The German shepherd bit Pritchett several times, and the suspect narrowly escaped into an occupied home.

The homeowners called police when they heard noises coming from their basement, and patrolmen who reported to the scene apprehended Pritchett.

According to police reports, Pritchett was charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, unlawful possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.

Pritchett was also sentenced Monday for first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a June 18, 2012 armed robbery on Buffalo’s West Side.

During an alleged drug deal, Pritchett pointed a loaded gun at the victim and robbed him of marijuana. He was apprehended after a chase and the handgun was linked to Pritchett through DNA evidence.

But a Buffalo City Court Judge released Pritchett from custody after the victim failed to appear and testify at a preliminary hearing.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Michael Felicetta and Justin Wallens.

Pritchett faced a maximum sentence of 115 years in prison, the district attorney’s office said.