Men Robbed While Trying to Meet Woman From Online Dating Site: Police - NBC New York

Men Robbed While Trying to Meet Woman From Online Dating Site: Police

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    Men Looking for Love Get Robbed in Online Dating Scam

    A group of people catfished men in an online dating scam. Police say they lured the men in with the promise of a girl named Nessa Love, then robbed them. Wale Aliyu reports.

    (Published Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Five men who thought they were meeting a woman from an online dating site were robbed by men, police say

    • The men were lured to a location in Morrisania in the Bronx, officials say

    • Two men have been arrested; police are still looking for one attacker and a 16-year-old girl whose dating account was used in the scam

    Five men who thought they were going to meet a woman from an online dating site were instead robbed by men with knives and other weapons, police said Sunday.

    The men were lured to a building on Park Avenue in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, the NYPD said, while a sixth, not lured by the dating site, was robbed at another building nearby.

    Instead of finding 20-year-old "Nessa Love," five of the six victims were confronted by two to three men who robbed them, according to police. 

    The men were robbed between Dec. 7 and Jan. 23. In some cases, the victims were threatened with knives, a baseball bat, or simulated guns. They lost phones, wallets, thousands of dollars, and in one case, an electric scooter.

    Christof Stache/Pool Photo via AP

    Two of the suspects have since been arrested, but one of the attackers remains at large, police said.

    Nathaniel Baptiste, 23, of the Bronx, was charged with robbery, false impersonation and other charges. George Livermoore, 32, of Queens, was charged with robbery.

    Baptiste and Livermoore were arrested by officers who pursued them after the sixth robbery, police said. It wasn't clear if the two men had attorneys. 

    Police said they're looking for a man between 25 and 30 years old who's about 6 feet tall with short, curly hair and a heavy beard. 

    Police were also looking for 16-year-old Janessia Roberts, whose online dating accounts were used to lure five of the victims.

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