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Robbery & Murder Charges Highlight the Importance of Background Checks

Although many people can and do find love on online dating sites, there are also so many perils that come along with them. Who can say for certain who is on the other end of the connection? For one Auburndale, Florida man, his search for love online led to tragic results. The woman he was meeting intended to rob him, which then led to a tragic fate after he was shot and killed during the robbery.

The 27-year-old man had signed up on the dating site, “Plenty of Fish,” where he met the 18-year-old woman. After their first date, they had made plans to meet again for a second date, which occurred last Thursday. What was believed to be another date, however, turned into much more tragic circumstances. When the woman arrived to the date, she brought three other men with her to carry out the robbery.

The woman agreed to participate when she was promised a payment of $50 for her part. The situation became dire when one of the armed accomplices shot the man in the head, killing him. The four were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery with a firearm/deadly weapon, and first-degree murder.

Online Dating & the Importance of Background Checks

This story illustrates just how precarious online dating and other “meet-up” types of social networking sites can be. At Capital Protection & Investigations, we are committed to keeping people safe. We are a private investigation service that offers a wide array of protective services, including background checks and social media searches.

You can work with one of our Sarasota private investigators, who can perform a thorough background investigation. We help a wide variety of clients, such as businesses or companies who wish to interview a potential candidate for hire, landlords viewing a tenant’s history, and clients who would like pre-marital background checks to offer some peace of mind. We also perform social media searches, to obtain information about a person through the many social media platforms that he or she uses.

We perform our data and investigative services ethically, legally, and discreetly, as the information obtained may be used to corroborate evidence in court.

Read the news story from WHNT 19 News here.


If you would like to learn more about this story or our services, please contact Capital Protection & Investigations today.