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Police: St. Paul teen fatally shot by Craigslist seller

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This photo was attached to a tree at the site of the shooting. Rob Olson / FOX 9 News. This photo was attached to a tree at the site of the shooting. Rob Olson / FOX 9 News.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A Maplewood man has been charged with second-degree murder and armed robbery for allegedly shooting a 19-year-old St. Paul man in the head during a Craigslist-arranged meeting for a cell phone.

According to the charges, 19-year-old Aung Thu Bo and his ex-girlfriend met 26-year-old Steven Emmanuel Lewis in the parking lot of a restaurant last Friday afternoon to buy the phone.

However, Lewis said he needed a ride to his house to get the charger for the phone.

"In this case, what I would say is one of the dangers was -- even though he was on a public street, he was in a confined area," explained Howie Padilla, spokesman for the St. Paul Police department.

Once inside Bo's car, the three then drove about a block before Lewis allegedly pulled a gun and demanded their wallets.

"Give me what you got," Lewis said, according to the criminal complaint. 

Lewis leaned forward to search Bo's pockets while holding the Glock to the teen's head when it went off. Bo's girlfriend screamed and Lewis ran out of the car. He was later arrested when police found him in a car on Plum Street with blood on his hands.

"He was apprehended pretty quickly," Padilla said.

Police told FOX 9 News that Lewis was on the phone with his girlfriend as the arresting officer approached, telling her, "I love you and tell the girls I love them. I'm going away for a long time."

The victim's family said Bo was taken off life support on Saturday. A ring of flowers now circles a tree in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood where Bo lost his life.

Bo was a computer engineering student at Hamline University and worked two jobs to support his family. He had certainly come a long way from his birth in a refugee camp in Thailand, and appeared to have a bright future.

"It's really hard when you see someone who has the world in front of him become a victim," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. "In a lot of ways for me, I can relate to this particular victim because ... his background is much like mine."

Lewis has four prior felony convictions for domestic assault, theft and damage to property. Bail has been set at $500,000.

There are three other police reports from last week that involve similar armed robberies. Police are not releasing Lewis' mug shot until they have confirmed whether or not he is connected to those crimes.

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