Blind date robbers strike a third time


They did it again.

For the third time in just over a week, a man was lured to the 600 block of Tyrella Avenue believing he would have sex with a woman he met online on top of a bed covered in money. Unfortunately for this man -- and the two others who were duped before him -- instead of taking a roll through cold hard cash, he was rolled for his cash.

In the most recent case, a 47-year-old man came to meet his "date" in front of an apartment complex at 660 Tyrella Ave around 11 p.m. on June 5, according to Sgt. Dan Vicencio, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department. He had $1,500 with him, because, as he later told police, the woman -- or the person posing as a woman -- had requested he bring it, saying it was her fantasy to make the beast with two backs on a bed full of Benjamins.

Just like the 22-year-old San Jose man on May 28 and the 30-year-old Sunnyvale man on May 29, the 47-year-old was robbed by two men -- one carrying a gun, the other carrying a knife. The robbers took the man's $1,500 and fled south toward Evandale Avenue.

"I think they're pretty brazen and obviously pretty comfortable with this location," Vicencio said of the robbers.

When asked why the police have yet to catch the men, he said that police can't patrol the 600 block of Tyrella Avenue 24 hours a day. "We're working on it actively," he said.

The victim, as with the previous incidents, was not harmed.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

The newspaper keeps making fun of these victims, but you know that sooner or later someone is going to get physically hurt.

How hard can it be to track down the perps? They must be using cell phones, web sites, and email to communicate with the victim. As we all know, that information is readily available to law enforcement agencies. Why isn't MVPD working harder to connect the dots?

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

"...saying it was her fantasy to make the beast with two backs on a bed full of Benjamins."

That's hilarious, Ben Franklin is on the $100 bill. That means there would only be fifteen notes scattered over the bed. Now if "she" really wanted to bang on cash, it would have to be about twenty grand, not fifteen hundred.

Too bad these dimwits don't read the MV Voice...


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Posted by
a resident of Gemello
on Jun 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I wonder how people as dumb as these guys find their way back home everyday. Could there many more who didn't report the incident ? Married or just didn't want their IQ exposed.

I feel for the law enforcement as they have to protect people from their own stupidity.

What a shame.

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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 9, 2013 at 6:27 am

Otto Maddox is a registered user.

@Bayzcon: No, the police don't have to protect us from our own stupidity. We are free to be as stupid as we like.

I am truly amazed these guys bother to report this. I'd be way too embarrassed.

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Posted by chuck mangione
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 9, 2013 at 7:25 am

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Someone should just join that site posing as a 40 year-old guy, who is wealthy but lonely... which sounds like their demographic. You'll know it's them when the girl mentions money on a bed. Then, arrange the meeting and then inform the MVPD about the details.

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Posted by dummydude
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Jun 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

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Apparently, cops should be able to easily catch these criminals. One of them should be able to go as a client with enough officers backing him up. I am not sure why the PD is not using their resources. It is not like MV is a dangerous city like Oakland where the officers need to focus more on gangs,etc..

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