Akron man’s car stolen while meeting woman from online dating service

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AKRON, Ohio- Police are investigating two weekend robberies in Akron that involved an online dating service.

The first happened at about 11:30 p.m. when a woman and a man she claimed was her brother arrived at another man’s house on 6th Street Southwest.

Akron police said just minutes after his date arrived, three men stormed the house and robbed the 31-year-old resident at gunpoint. They took an Xbox 360, a gold necklace and $8 cash.

The second online dating-related robbery happened just before 1 a.m. Saturday. This victim told police he picked up a woman named Lala and her brother, who needed dropped off.

While driving on Brown Street, the so-called brother put a gun to the victim’s head and demanded his wallet. When the suspect discovered the wallet was empty, he told the victim to go to an ATM.

The suspect forced the victim out of his car near South Main Street and Russell Avenue, then took off with Lala in the car.

Police said the car, a tan 2007 Mazda 3, is still missing. It has Ohio license plate FHK9460.

Anyone with information on the missing car or the suspects should call Akron police.

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