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Meeting of chat friends turns into robbery

A Prince William County man who agreed to meet another man in Manassas after they messaged on a cellphone chat line was robbed by two men at gunpoint last month, Prince William police said, and they released a photo of a suspect Wednesday.

The incident occurred April 12, two days before D.C. school principal Brian Betts reportedly agreed to meet with a man he met on a phone chat line, police said. Betts was killed in his home, and three teenagers have been charged with murder. Prince William Officer Erika Hernandez said cellphone chat lines involve text messaging rather than direct conversation.

In Prince William, the 28-year-old victim told police he agreed to meet a man at 2:30 a.m., and that he was then taken to the dead end of Colton Lane and robbed by the man and an accomplice of a small amount of cash. The suspects then got back in their car and drove away. The man was not hurt.

The suspect who arranged the meeting, whose photo was released Wednesday, was described as a black man, 23 to 28 years old, approximately 5 foot 7 with a thin, muscular build. Hernandez urged chat line users to be cautious when meeting other users in person.

— Tom Jackman

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 5, 2010; 5:53 PM ET
Categories:  Pr. William , Tom Jackman  | Tags: cellphone chat, chat meeting, man robbed after agreeing to meet, meeting turns to robbery  
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In no defense of robbery, but you say why rob for $10? If one is robbing someone for cash or whatever, how would the robber know if he had $10 or $100? Quess the question should be, why rob at all??!!

Posted by: CarolFriend | May 6, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse


Look for trouble and be in the wrong place at the wrong time and the fates will gladly accommodate you. 2:30am? Drug burn?


In Manassas, there was a black woman asking a guy for a ride. She directed him to a dark parking area where he was promptly jumped by her accomplices in one of the oldest and moldiest tricks around.


Posted by: Calabrese99 | May 6, 2010 4:20 AM | Report abuse

In today's society, people stupid enough to
meet strangers from chat lines deserve what they get.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 6, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

The only thing worse than trying to meet a stranger at 2:30 AM for gay sex from a chat line and getting robbed, is that you report the robbery and how you placed yourself in that position to get robbed and they print it in the newspaper! LOL... this is better than the idiot that they tased at the baseball game!!

Posted by: Hotelguest0 | May 6, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

In today's society "common sense" is not so commom. 2:30 am meeting with an unknown person/persons and you wonder why people get robbed. Obviously the common sense approach doesn't work. Use some brains if you have any.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | May 6, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Another one? Is the lust for black males so strong that gay men would risk their lives to be with them? I know the answer. I don't know about here in DC, but I know in NY, so many black and puerto-ricans don't even bother looking for a real job because wealthy white and asian men take care of them. Here is the photo of the guy in Manassas:

He looks so harmless....

Posted by: xfactor211 | May 6, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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