Trio of men forced woman to use dating app in home invasion-robbery scheme, US cops say


The victims reported they met a woman on a social media dating app and eventually invited her over. Once she was inside their homes, she let the suspects in so they could rob them, the news release says. — Image by rawpixel.com on Freepik

Three men are accused of forcing a woman to lure victims on a dating app so they could walk right into their homes with guns and rob the unsuspecting men, police say.

Long Beach police connected the dots between two similar robberies, according to a news release. The victims reported they met a woman on a social media dating app and eventually invited her over. Once she was inside their homes, she let the suspects in so they could rob them, the news release says.

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Los Angeles police detained the woman in July, and she reported that two of the men raped and sexually assaulted her, and then forced her to go on “commercial sex dates”, the release says. They also had her participate in the home invasion robberies, she told police.

Detectives started investigating and identified the three men involved in the robberies, the release says. The Long Beach Police Department partnered with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau to track the men down, the release says.

On Sept 7 and 8, three men were arrested.

While police executed one search warrant in La Mirada, they found an “assault weapon” they believe the men used in the robberies, the release says.

Police say they’re still investigating the rape, sexual assault and sex trafficking.

Long Beach police believe there could be more victims there and in surrounding areas, the release says. – The Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service

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