Men lured to meet women from an online dating site end up getting robbed at gunpoint
Men on a social network website went to meet up with women they communicated with and ended up as victims of a crime. MeetMe.com is a website where users meet and chat with new people.
Alex Castillo was using the website and arranged to meet a young woman he had connected with at a St. Paul apartment building.
Surveillance video shows instead of a woman, he was met by three men who had hoodies on and demanded all of his belongings. They left with his backpack, wallet and cellphone.
"I think its sick, twisted, it's wrong to take advantage of guys and to be a victim like me. At first I didn't want to give them my stuff, but when you got two guys with two guns I told them to take everything."
Earlier that night at the same building surveillance video shows another victim who showed up for a date and is eventually followed by three men in hoodies. The men got away with his wallet, cellphone and car.
According to police, a similar robbery happened at a house the same day nearby. Investigators are trying to figure out if all of these robberies are related.
"It just goes to show that for every social media platform that comes out there are people who are willing to use that to take advantage of others."
Police want to remind anyone who is going to meet up with someone you've connected with online, to meet at a public place and bring a friend along.
St. Paul police are asking anyone with information about the men in the surveillance video to call 651-554-330