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
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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