A man was held hostage and robbed at gunpoint by a woman he was meeting for the first time, with whom he connected on a dating app, police said.
The 30-year-old victim, who has not been identified, drove to an apartment complex in Parkland, Washington, to meet a woman he was in contact with on the dating app Plenty of Fish, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.
“He said he was in his apartment for about five minutes when a man appeared and pointed a gun at him,” the sheriff’s statement read. “The male suspect ordered the victim to remove his clothes and give the suspect his money. The suspect then took pictures of the victim.
The suspects then ordered the victim to transfer $6,000 from his bank account to one of their own, but the transaction never went through as it was reported as fraudulent.
The suspects made the victim try to send them money through several different apps and even went so far as to impersonate the victim on the phone in an attempt to unlock a bank account.
After three horrific hours, the victim was released and told that if he alerted the authorities to what had happened, they would send the nude photos of him to everyone on his contact list.
Despite their threats, the victim reported the incident to police, who helped identify the suspects using social media apps and “other means”, the sheriff’s office said.
The following day, police were dispatched to the same apartment for a domestic violence assault and recognized the male suspect in the robbery. As the police began to make an arrest, he attempted to pull a gun from his pocket.
Fortunately, officers acted quickly and stopped him from drawing his gun. The 22-year-old suspect was arrested.
During his arrest, the 22-year-old suspect tried to escape from the police car, breaking part of the seat belt buckle. He was charged with first-degree robbery, kidnapping, extortion, unlawful possession of a firearm and malicious mischief. His bail was set at $125,000.
The 19-year-old suspect has been charged with first-degree robbery, kidnapping and extortion. His bail was set at $50,000.
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