Two people were arrested on robbery charges in Killeen after they set up the victim through an internet dating website, police said.
Killeen police received a 911 call in reference to an robbery of an individual on Wednesday night at the Econo Lodge at 606 E. Central Texas Expressway. When police arrived, they met with the victim who indicated that he had arranged a meeting with a woman through an online dating website. He reported that upon entering the woman’s motel room, he was confronted by a black man armed with a handgun and robbed at gunpoint.
Officers and detectives found the suspects in the motel room, and arrested them.
Carletra Agnie Suggs, 18, and Dwayne Preston Williams, 22, both of Killeen, were subsequently arrested and taken to the Killeen City Jail. Both were charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned both suspects and set their bond at $100,000 each.
The Killeen Police Department offered these tips regarding meeting strangers for sales and dating:
1. Trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.
2. In the case of sales, don't go alone.
3. Insist on meeting at a public place such as the KPD Safe Exchange Zone.
4. Do not meet in a secluded area.
5. Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
6. Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.
7. Perform the transaction during daylight hours.
8. Tell a friend or family member about your intentions and where you will be.
9. Take your mobile phone with you.
This warning is not necessarily directed at legitimate dating websites, although common sense and caution should always be exercised when meeting a stranger for the first time, according to KPD.