PARKLAND, Wash. — A man claims the woman he met on a dating app kidnapped and robbed him in Parkland, Washington, officials say.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that on Saturday, a 30-year-old man called 911 to report that he had been kidnapped and robbed by a woman he had met on the dating app, Plenty of Fish.
The victim told PCSO deputies that he went to an apartment complex to meet the woman he had believed to be about his age. He said that once he was inside for about five minutes, another man showed up, pointed a gun at him and had him take all of his clothes off, according to KIRO.
According to the victim, the woman started taking photos of him undressed. Then, the suspects allegedly ordered him to unlock his phone and told him to transfer $6,000 to their account using an app, according to KIRO.
The transfer failed, according to PCSO because it was flagged as fraudulent. Both of the suspects had him try numerous other times with different apps including posing as him over the phone to unlock an account.
According to KIRO, the victim was released after about three hours. The suspects threatened to send the videos of him undressed to the victim’s contact list if he told anyone what happened.
PCSO said they worked with the victim to try to identify the suspects, both through apps and in other ways.
The next day, according to KIRO, deputies were sent to the same apartment for a domestic violence situation. When they arrived, they located the 22-year-old man from the robbery. When they tried to arrest him, he reached for a gun in one of his pockets but deputies were able to safely arrest the man. KIRO reported that the man moved his handcuffs to the front of him and tried to escape. He allegedly broke the interior door panel and top of the seat belt fastener.
PCSO said that he was charged with robbery, kidnapping, extortion, unlawful possession of a firearm and malicious mischief all in the first degree. His bond was set at $125,000.
The 19-year-old woman suspect was charged with robbery, kidnapping and extortion all in the first degree as well, according to PCSO. Her bail was set at $50,000.
“We encourage everyone to review our online dating safety tips to help lessen your chance of becoming a victim. We also encourage parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of meeting people online. Always do your research and trust your instinct,” said PCSO.
The names of the victim and suspects have not been released.
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