Detroit police seek man who used dating apps in armed robberies

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police are searching for a suspect they say used dating apps to commit armed robberies on the city's west side.

Detroit police released an image of the suspect who is being sought for luring victims to a location with an online dating app and then robbing them at gunpoint.

The incidents all were reported in the Police Department’s 10th Precinct in the last two months and involved victims ranging in age from 19 to 28, investigators said in a statement.

After arranging to meet the men through the dating apps, the suspect "approaches the victims on foot, and robs them at gunpoint, taking their personal items (wallets, identification, social security cards, etc.)," according to the release.

"After robbing them, the suspect would make the victims drive to the nearest ATM and withdraw an unknown amount of U.S. currency. He would then make them drive back to the original location, and flee on foot."

Three of the robberies were in the same place, the 14900 block of Greenlawn, on Jan. 11, Feb. 2 and Feb. 17, authorities said. A fourth was Dec. 19 near Eaton and Monica.

Police initially listed another robbery and shooting reported last month as part of the suspect's crimes but said Friday the incident is not connected.

Investigators described the suspec as a male in his 20s, approximately 160-185 pounds, wearing a mask and a dark hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-1000. Anonymous tips be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.