He's unfortunately one of at least five in Polk County who met the wrong people."I went over there and he met me at the front," Scarlet recalled."So, I put my car in the back."Last week, Scarlett thought he was meeting a person named "John" he chatted with on the app hi5.
Victims said they were black males wearing dark clothing, often black hoodies.
As always, investigators want to remind everyone that if you're going to meet a stranger, whether it's for social purposes or selling merchandise, always do it in a highly visible, public, and well-lit location.
The only good news for detectives is the female suspect made a very silly mistake.
They said she used her real picture on the Plenty Of Fish profile."We recognized the female… Deputies went to her parents house and brought her into custody. Judd said anyone on a dating website must tread lightly.
In the last month, four people in Bartow and one in Lakeland were targeted by online criminals faking their true intentions. One of the victims shared his story, hoping no one else is targeted like he was.
The victims in these cases weren't just robbed at gunpoint, some were car jacked and beaten. Royshawn Scarlett is one of millions who use social media apps to meet new people.
I can't replace him," his mother Keisha Scurry said in tears.
Bartow Police say they have investigated four of these types of armed robberies in the last month - all related to online dating websites or apps.
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