Video game seller sprayed with chemicals and robbed, police say

In a sale gone wrong, a victim selling video games was allegedly attacked by the potential buyer with a chemical agent and robbed, according to police officials.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

In a sale gone wrong, a victim selling video games was allegedly attacked by the potential buyer with a chemical agent and robbed, according to police officials. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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A person selling video games was attacked by the potential buyer with a chemical agent and robbed in California, authorities said.

The victim had placed an ad on social media to sell video games, according to a press release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in a statement.

Christopher Baselyos, 24, contacted the seller to purchase one or more games and arranged to meet him in Thousand Oaks, according to the press release.

Thousand Oaks is approximately 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

Upon arrival, Baselyos took out a “large canister of chemical agent and sprayed the victim’s face, back and upper body with it,” officials said. Baselyos is accused of seizing the victim’s property and fleeing the area.

During the ensuing investigation, the East Country Major Crimes Unit was able to identify Baselyos as a suspect, and he was arrested in Moorpark on Tuesday, May 24, the statement said.

He is charged with theft and is being held on $200,000 bail, officials said.

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