MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local man is scheduled to face a judge after allegedly using a dating app to lure his carjacking victims.
Police say three men created an account on the dating website Plenty of Fish and set up dates with at least two men in South Memphis.
The first reported incident happened Saturday in the 1500 block of Hanauer Street. The victim told police he agreed to meet a woman he met on Plenty of Fish at the location, but when he arrived Carlos Bell and two other armed suspects approached him. Dressed in black with bandanas concealing their faces, the suspects reportedly demanded he get out of his car and hand over his cellphone and cash.
The victim threw the items to the ground. As he fled, the suspects jumped into the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze and took off.
Police said they eventually located the vehicle in the 4800 block of Brentdale after the car dealership activated the GPS and the kill switch. Officers said they eventually learned one of the suspects lived on the same street.
Neighbors say cops flooded the area Saturday night and then again on Sunday.
Several hours later, a second man told police fell for the same ruse.
Police said this time the car's GPS led them to Vaal and then straight to the suspects.
Bell reportedly confessed to his role in the crimes and was charged with two counts of carjacking and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission/attempt at a dangerous felony.
It's unclear if the other suspects are juveniles or if they are not facing any charges.
Meanwhile, neighbors say they learned a valuable lesson from all this.
"I don't trust it. I don't use dating profiles period," a resident said.