There's no doubt that many people have been disappointed by an in-person meeting with someone they met online, but a Glendale man didn't just meet up with someone who fudged their stats a little on their online profile.
Instead, police say the man -- who planned on meeting with a woman he met on a site called MeetMe.com -- met with two women -- and two men, who beat him with a wooden stick before robbing him.
Although the incident occurred in a Glendale neighborhood near 83rd and Missouri avenues on March 17, police just recently arrested the four suspects: Lucas Welniak, 18; Anthony Redmon, 22; Stacie Wright, 20; and Drew Ann Lemley, 19.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, the four set up a fake profile on the website, and eventually persuaded the man to meet them in that Glendale neighborhood.
After Lemley kept texting the man, telling him where to go, Wright waited outside for the man when he showed up. Wright then led the man to a nearby field, where Welniak and Redmon were waiting for him.
According to court documents, Welniak hit the man with the stick several times, as both men held down the victim and stole his wallet. All that for 24 bucks.
The victim took himself to the hospital, where he was treated for a collapsed lung and broken rib. He ended up giving the phone number of the woman he was texting to police, and police were able to identify the owner of that phone, since her phone number was listed on existing police reports.
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After police identified Wright, the victim identified her as the woman he met with, and police ended up identifying the other three people involved.
According to the court documents, each of the four suspects admitted to his or her involvement in the scheme, and Welniak admitted that they also took marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms from inside the victim's car.
And, yet again, someone discovered that people tend to lie in online profiles.