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5 teens arrested for using Tinder to rob unsuspecting dates at gunpoint

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Five teens have been arrested for using Tinder to rob unsuspecting dates.

Some people swipe right for happiness; others swipe right into a trap.

Five teens were arrested in California for targeting at least 11 men who were on the popular date app Tinder looking for a romantic or sexual connection, police announced Thursday.

The San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit came to the conclusion after investigating a series of armed robberies and carjackings that took place throughout that city in March.

The suspects, three male and two female San Jose residents, ages ranging from 15 to 19 made up fake Tinder accounts, using profile names “Becky” or “Victoria,” and right-swiped on the app. When the swipe was reciprocated and the beloved “It’s a match” screen appeared, they set a date and location to meet the male victims, according to San Jose police.

“The times and locations were usually in the late evening hours on secluded streets near a park. When the victim arrived at the location, they were beaten, robbed and carjacked at gunpoint by several masked suspects,” the police said in a statement.

The five teens were arrested on different dates and times: Four adult suspects, two aged 18, two aged 19, were booked into Santa Clara County Jail. A 15-year-old male suspect was booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall. Charges included: robbery, carjacking, auto theft and hit-and-run.

Tinder warns users to meet for the first time at “a populated, public place — never in a private or remote location,” and “get to know users online/using the app before meeting them in person.”

Last year, a Brooklyn man shocked the nation after admitting to strangling the nurse Samantha Stewart to death in her Springfield Gardens home, after meeting her through a dating app.

He told the Daily News, during a jailhouse interview from Los Angeles, “I really liked her. I didn’t want to kill her. They told me she had to die,” he said referring to “voices” in his head.

The case made headlines throughout the country bringing attention to the dangers of online and app dating.

In the U.K., a BBC 5 Live investigation found that the number of reported dating app crimes has doubled in four years: from 329 in 2015 to 658 in 2018.

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