Police in Nebraska’s capital city are investigating a pair of robberies where the victims reported they thought they were meeting with women they met online, but were attacked instead.
Public Information Officer Angela Sands, with the Lincoln Police Department, says in the first incident, a 19-year-old man reported he thought he was meeting a woman he had been chatting with over Facebook at a local park around 12:30 Tuesday morning. Instead of just the woman, Sands says the 19-year-old was met by a man and woman.
The man pulled the victim from his car and began beating him, according to Sands, claiming the victim had stolen from him. Afterwards, the man and woman drove off in the victim’s car. His injuries were not life threatening.
In the second incident, Sands says a man found his way to the police substation with a head injury around six o’clock Tuesday morning. Sands says this victim also reported he was meeting with a woman he met on Facebook at a nearby residence.
Once he arrived however, he was ambushed and beaten by a man with a gun and robbed of his cell phone and wallet. During the assault, a shot was fired near the victim’s head, but the gunshot didn’t hit him. The injuries he did sustain were not life threatening.
Sands says police are investigating to see whether the robberies are related.