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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- An apartment manager in Greensboro believes signing up for crime alerts through the website Crimemapping.com and getting help from a community resource officer helped stop a robbery from occurring.

On Monday, Matt Reid got an email from the website about an armed robbery that occurred on Saturday at the Campus East apartments.

He was concerned about the incident off Holt Avenue and was put in contact with Douglas Campbell, a neighborhood resource officer.

“I wanted to make sure there wasn't anything happening at the complex that would place our residents in any further danger,” said Reid.

That conversation with Campbell gave Reid a good description of who police were looking for in the Craigslist scam that happened Saturday.

Reid sent an alert about the incident to his residents but didn’t think it would be something he would act on until he saw a woman pull into the parking lot on Wednesday and remain in her car.

Reid stopped to talk to her and learned that she had agreed to meet a stranger in the parking lot to sell her phone.

“At first I didn't want to say anything to her that would make her feel scared or anything like that,” said Reid. “I did stay in the parking lot, pulled away and observed to make sure nothing happened to her.”

Reid also spotted someone lurking in a stairwell and called police. Officers ended up chasing after and fighting with Pashey Wells, 18, who lived near the apartment complex. He was arrested and faces several charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a government official.

Reid said he’s glad that he was able to help the woman Wednesday.

Campbell said expanding the community resource officer program has allowed police to keep close contact with people like Reid. Campbell said apartment managers often call him for information about fights or parties in which police are called.

Campbell is happy to hear his contacts with the community helped provide Reid with enough information to be on the lookout for trouble.

“I think we all have a sense of duty to keep our eyes out on our neighbors and friends and, in this case, our residents,” said Reid.