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5 Teens Arrested, For to Trap Dates Using Tinder and Robbing Them at Gunpoint

Updated On 12 May, 2019 Published On

Five teenagers were arrested for luring their victims from Tinder using fake profiles and robbing them with weapons and carjackings in San Jose, California, authorities confirmed on Thursday, May 9.

Suspects have been identified as Yadira Villarreal, 19, Bryan Gonzalez, 19, Lesly Portillo, 18, Jonathan Jimenez, 18, and a 15-year-old unidentified boy.

They all were taken into custody at different times and locations after police saw footage of one of the attacks on surveillance camera near the scene. The attack had taken place on March 16-29.

The suspects used the false names “Victoria” and “Becky” to match with male victims and set late night meetings on streets near parks.

The San Jose Police Department said in a press conference that the teens beat, robbed and carjacked the victims at gunpoint in parks. They all wear masks while doing so.

Each of the five suspects faces multiple counts of "robbery, carjacking, auto theft and hit-run." As per the report, they have trapped at least 11 men fell prey to Tinder.

According to BBC 5 Live in the U.K., dating apps are under scrutiny after crimes related to it increased from 329 in 2015 to 658 in 2018.

In 2018, a  North Hollywood California man, 27, was taken into custody in connection with the death of a nurse, 29, who he met on Tinder.

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