Mountain View Voice

News - June 7, 2013

Blind date robbers strike twice

by Nick Veronin

Over the course of two days last week, a pair of robbers lured two out-of-town men into a lurid trap — allegedly using the Internet to entice them with the promise of a kinky hook-up, then robbing them blind on their would-be blind date.

In the first incident, on May 28, a 22-year-old San Jose man was robbed by two men as he waited outside an apartment complex in the 600 block of Tyrella Avenue at about 12:20 a.m., according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department. The man told officers he had used a website to arrange a meeting with a woman in the area. The two had agreed they would have sex on a bed covered in money, and the victim had brought $2,000 along to spread atop the sheets.

But he never got the chance, according to Thompson. That's because while he was waiting, two men approached him from behind — one of them held a gun to his back, the other a knife to his throat — and demanded money. They took an envelope containing the $2,000 out of his pocket and fled.

On May 29, a nearly identical robbery took place. A 30-year-old Sunnyvale man was robbed of $2,000 at gun- and knife-point in front of the same apartment complex where the San Jose man had been confronted, Thompson said.

The Sunnyvale man had also been introduced to a woman online and agreed to meet her in the 600 block of Tyrella.

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

Adding insult to injury, the 22-year-old San Jose man was reportedly fired from his job after the robbery, according to Thompson. According to police, he had "borrowed" the $2,000 that was stolen from his employer.

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