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Blind date robbers strike again

For second time, man expecting to meet date gets robbed instead

For the second time in two days, a pair of robbers lured two out-of-town men into a lurid trap.

Around 10 p.m. on May 29, a man was robbed of $2,000 at gun- and knife-point in the 600 block of Tyrella Avenue -- in front of the same apartment complex where a man was robbed just after midnight on May 28 in a very similar fashion, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

Both men had come to meet a would-be date -- whom they had met online -- at the Tyrella Avenue apartment complex. Both had been told to bring $2,000, Thompson said. In the first victim's case, he told police he and his date had made plans to spread the cash over the bed before having sex.

Whatever the agreed-upon reason for bringing the cash, both men -- the first, a 22-year-old from San Jose; the second, a 30-year-old from Sunnyvale -- never saw the woman, according to Thompson.

Instead, in both cases, while waiting outside the apartment complex, the men were approached from behind by two men who held them up with a gun and a knife and stole their cash, Thompson said. In the case of the 30-year-old man, the men also stole a gold ring and an iPhone.

The robbers were described as Hispanic men in their mid-20s, about 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on May 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

Too bad these gullible johns don't read the Mountain View Voice, otherwise they would know it's a trap!


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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 31, 2013 at 11:38 am

How about identifying the prostitution web site that these johns used to find these "women"?


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Posted by Nick V
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on May 31, 2013 at 11:59 am

Nick V is a registered user.

The police are not releasing the name of the site.


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Posted by Rocket scientist
a resident of Cuernavaca
on May 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Gee, do you think the woman doesn't exist?

Web Link


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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on May 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm

@resident:

If the police reveal the name of the website, they probably damage their chances at nabbing the perpetrators.

It's reasonable to assume that they known the website's URL and are monitoring it. There's a possibility to run a sting operation to see if they can bag these guys. Note that an online prostitution site would probably affect other nearby cities as well; the various local law enforcement departments share information as most criminals do not restrict their activities within a specific town's city limits.


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Posted by Tara
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on May 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm

You get what you paid for. These idiots wanted to get screwed, and they did!


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Posted by GSB
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

The story in the Palo Alo Daily Post mentioned the website. Said it's called Badoo.com


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Posted by guerno
a resident of Castro City
on May 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Maybe stake out that apartment complex.

Usually, thieves don't think outside the box and I wouldn't be surprised if one of them lives there.

Also, who are these people that are able to get $2,000 in cash? Even if I had that much money in my bank account, the ATM limit is $500 a day.

Also, police need to get the dating site and/or some IP addresses.

Good scam, I guess, but either really ballsy or really short-sighted to rob at the same place 2 nights in a row.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm

So it is not a prostitution site like people keep suggesting. If the PA Daily Post is correct, then it is a personals site, and could happen on ANY personals site or craigslist and such. Crimes like this happen every day from such sites (I am pretty cautious about sites like craigslist these days). Bottom line is, if a "girl" on a site says "meet me and bring money" you have to be gullible enough to fall for it.


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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on May 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm

@guerno:

The first john apparently appropriated ("borrowed") the $2000 from his employer.

Anyone who works in the restaurant business has fairly easy access to several grand in cash at closing time. Heck, at a good restaurant or bar, *one* server or bartender may finish his/her shift with hundreds in tips, cash.

Remember, a full Type 47 ABC license (beer, wine, hard alcohol) is a six-figure sum, you better make sure you're ringing in enough sales.

The day's cash would be stored in a safe in the manager's office. It's not like some assistant restaurant manager would make a bank deposit at 2am. Too dangerous.


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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on May 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm

@guerno:

The first john apparently appropriated ("borrowed") the $2000 from his employer.

Anyone who works in the restaurant business has fairly easy access to several grand in cash at closing time. Heck, at a good restaurant or bar, *one* server or bartender may finish his/her shift with hundreds in tips, cash.

Remember, a full Type 47 ABC license (beer, wine, hard alcohol) is a six-figure sum, you better make sure you're ringing in enough sales.

The day's cash would be stored in a safe in the manager's office. It's not like some assistant restaurant manager would make a bank deposit at 2am. Too dangerous.


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Posted by katydid41@yahoo.com
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm

The first word that comes to mind re these "victims" is STUPID. 'nough said.


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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 31, 2013 at 10:46 pm

If I were dumb enough to fall for this I'd be way too embarrassed to report it to the police.

I'd take the loss and learn from my mistakes.


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Posted by John
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Hard to believe any John could be this STUPID!!!!!! I hope the next one shows up with Monopoly Money!


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 3, 2013 at 7:16 am

Excellent opportunity for a police sting operation! Hiring a prostitute is illegal, so the 'evidence' could be siezed. Way better than some silly traffic stop!


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Posted by Write M. Hard
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Nah, keep up the aggressive traffic patrols. The roads have finally calmed down now that drivers know they are in the cross hairs.
I guess that's why the police have a traffic division and a crimes division and a vice division: they can multi-task! Love them ticket writin' men in blue!


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