Thailand’s Tairi Survelion has been charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated burglary, one count of attempted first-degree aggravated burglary, and three counts of threat of violence.
The accident allegedly occurred on four dates in May. Survillion was accused of setting up these meetings with people via the Facebook Marketplace to sell a PlayStation 5 console, and then robbing the victims when they met in person.
Survillion is also a suspect in an alleged armed robbery in Mississippi. He was also recently released from hospital from injuries sustained when he and another man exchanged fire with another group of people during daylight hours in downtown St. Paul.
The PS5s have been in great demand due to the global shortage of hardware components required to manufacture them, which in turn has led to jumping on the opportunity to sell the units for a bigger markup, knowing that the demand for the product is high.
Four separate robberies
The first incident occurred on 1 May and involved an armed robbery at an apartment complex in Anoka. Police have learned that one of the victims arranged to buy the PS5 from someone on Facebook Messenger under the account name “Ty Keith”. The agreement between the two was to exchange $550 for the console.
The police later discovered that the “Ty Keith” account belonged to Survillion.
The victim and his mother met the Survillion, who then pulled out a gun and threatened to kill them. The complaint says that they managed to escape and contact the police.
Three days later, Survillion made another arrangement for the same deal – this time for $700 – at another apartment complex in Anoka. Survillion and an unknown partner pulled out the guns and demanded the victim’s money. The victim ended up donating money and left.
On May 14, Survillion arranged to meet a mother and her young son, who once again responded to the PS5 announcement.
They were met by a “black man in a black jacket” in the parking lot of an apartment building in St. Paul at 2100 Wilson Street. The guy asked for money up front, saying he didn’t have the console. The mother refused, according to the complaint, and the man then asked the two to go to his apartment.
Mother and son join Survillion and another unknown suspect in the elevator and enter the apartment. Shortly thereafter, the mother told the police that Survillion showed a gun and pushed her into the wall, demanding money from her. She said Survilion told the unknown suspect to take the mother’s purse and then the two fled.
The mother was later able to confirm the Survillion’s identity with a surveillance camera image from the building’s elevator.
On May 28, Survillion stole a man’s wallet and knife when he met him with a fake PS5 sale. The victim wanted to make sure the console was working properly and went up to the third floor, where the victim says Survillion and his partner pulled out the guns and demanded money.
Shortly after the May 28 incident, Survillion was captured.
Survillion told investigators that the unknown suspect he was with was essentially the one who fired the shots, and he denied any wrongdoing on his part. He also changed his story several times when he was talking to the police.
The 21-year-old appeared in court for the first time on Monday. Its next session is scheduled for June 23.