Every day, people across America swipe right in hopes of finding their one true love. (Well, let’s be honest here: It's usually just for a hookup.) The following five people, however, didn't walk away from their dates with a one-night stand or the promise of a significant other.
Here are five Tinder dates that sadly turned into brutal crimes in 2017:
An 18-year-old woman swiped right while house-sitting a home in Leonia, New Jersey on August 20, 2017. She invited the man over, and he brought along a friend. It quickly became apparent that the two pals were looking for something other than romance.
While the woman hung out with her date, his friend stole a laptop and an Amazon package, according to NJ.com. Even worse, they made off with the family's dog, a 2-year-old white Maltese named Maggie. Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. The dog was discovered in a woman’s backyard in a nearby town and reunited with the family.
A Florida woman made plans through Tinder to meet up with a local pharmacist, Robert Michael Woods, in early October. Once they finished having a drink at a bar, Woods allegedly suggested they go back to his apartment for a party with his friends. When they arrived, no one was there, according to police.
After having some of Wood's absinthe, the woman said she blacked out and was sexually assaulted, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The woman drove herself to the hospital and told police she believed she was drugged, as she saw what appeared to be two injection sites on the left side of her neck. Woods was later arrested, and it's unclear if he has made a statement at this time.
3. Suspicious death
On November 16, 24-year-old Sydney Loofe of Lincoln, Nebraska was reported missing. According to The Washington Post, she vanished after a Tinder date with Bailey Boswell, a 23-year-old woman from the area. It was their second Tinder date.
Loofe’s body was discovered nearly three weeks later in a rural area of the state, and police suspect foul play. Boswell and Aubrey Trail, 51, have been named persons of interest in the death. The two have maintained their innocence, and they even made a video trying to clear their names before Loofe’s body was found.
4. Hotel room robbery
In early September, an Ohio man swiped right with a woman on Tinder. He picked her up at her home, and then they made plans to get a hotel room. But that date didn’t come to fruition for the man. Instead, the victim was met by two men in the parking lot of the hotel, who reportedly robbed him of $500 and an iPhone 6S Plus, according to The Morning Journal.
5. Sexual assault
A woman from Tampa, Florida said she was sexually assaulted in an apartment after meeting up with a man she chatted with on Tinder. In June, 31-year-old Mustafa Akbar was arrested on sexual battery charges, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Just one day after the arrest, he made bail. It's unclear if Akbar has made a statement at this time.
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