VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A 23-year-old man was not injured when he was carjacked at what he thought was a meeting with a woman he met on Tinder.
The young man set up a date with a woman he met online near the Harry S Truman Elementary School in Vancouver, Sgt. Barnes with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office told KOIN 6 News. When he got there, about 4 or 5 masked men, who appeared to be armed, approached him and took his 1995 Subaru Impreza.
They told him to run and he did, and then called police around 7:15 p.m.
Barnes said it’s a similar MO to another incident that happened late Monday night. In that case the victim arranged the meeting with a woman on Meetme.com.
“It sounds too similar to be too much of a coincidence,” said Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman. “It’s probably the same group of scammers and assailants that are holding people up.”
Neiman reminded people to be cautious and do some research to find out “who’s on the other end of the computer.”
“You know the old saying, ‘Nothing ever good happens after midnight?'” he said. “That’s probably true.”
Both victims said the young woman suspect was between 17 and 23, and the masked men were believed to be in their late teens or early 20s. Four of them had handguns and one had a rifle, authorities said.
A third robbery Wednesday morning took place at the Winco parking lot in Hazel Dell. The victim arragned to buy a knife he saw advertised online. When he arrived, the “seller” grabbed the cash and ran off.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.