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Detroit police: Man allegedly meeting other men on dating apps then robbing them in person

Posted at 4:48 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 04:16:22-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit police are looking for a man accused of five armed robberies. One of the robberies resulted in a non-fatal shooting, police say.

Anne Wilson lives near the 2500 block of Taylor where a 36-year-old was shot by the suspect, according to police.

"I heard a pow! I heard someone scream then I head another pow pow," Wilson said. "Then I heard nothing." "I went to the window I saw the car door open.. I prayed that the guy was OK."

The reported robberies began in December on the city's west side. Investigators say the suspect finds victims on dating apps, then he asks to meet with them in person.

"We need to get back to face-to-face, or meeting in a safe place," Wilson told 7 Action News Reporter Rudy Harper.

During the meet up, the suspect approaches his victims on foot and robs them at gunpoint, authorities said. He takes their personal items, including wallets, ID cards social security cards. The suspect then makes the victim drive to the nearest ATM and withdraw money from their accounts.

After getting cash, the suspect makes the victim drive back to where they first met and he flees on foot. Detroit police believe the same person is responsible in several of these armed robberies.

The victims were all men between the ages of 19 and 36. The robberies happened between Dec. 19, 2019 and most recently on Feb. 17, 2020.

Below are the dates of the incidents:
12-19-2019- Robbery: Eaton and Monica, Male 19
01-11-2020- Robbery: 14900 block Green lawn, Male 22
01-12-2020- Robbery and Non-Fatal Shooting: 2500 Taylor, Male 36
02-02-2020- Robbery: 14900 Green lawn, Male 28
02-17-2020- Robbery: 14900 Green lawn, Male 24

A news conference is scheduled at the 10th precinct on Friday at noon.

If you have information on these crimes, contact the Detroit Police Department's 10th Precinct at 313-596-1000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.