Internet dating turns into aggravated robbery

KILLEEN, Texas - A local man thought he was meeting up with a girl, but instead got robbed.

Killeen Police received a call Wednesday morning in reference to an aggravated robbery at an Econo Lodge located at 606 E. Central Texas Expressway.

When officers arrived, they met with the victim who said he arranged a meeting with a woman through on online dating website.

When the man entered the woman's motel room, he was confronted by a man armed with a handgun and was robbed at gunpoint.

Officers and detectives were able to locate the suspects in the motel room.

18-year-old Carletra Agnie Suggs and 22-year-old Dwayne Preston Williams, both of Killeen, were arrested and taken to the Killeen City Jail.

The case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney's Office and warrants issued are charging both suspects with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned both suspects and set their bond at $100,000 each.

The Killeen Police Department would like to share some tips regarding meeting strangers for this type of scenario:

1: Trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.

2: In the case of sales, don't go alone.

3: Insist on meeting at a public place, such as the KPD Safe Exchange Zone.

4: Do not meet in a secluded area.

5: Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.

6: Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.

7: Perform the transaction during daylight hours.

8: Tell a friend or family member about your intentions and where you will be.

9: Take your mobile phone with you.

This warning is not necessarily directed at legitimate dating websites, but common sense and caution should always be used when meeting a stranger for the first time.

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