A would-be romantic connection forged online ended in a beating, robbery and carjacking for one man Friday night, city police said.
The man arrived Friday night at a Silver Beach Road home at the invitation of a woman he’d met through a dating website. He was met there by his intended date and other companions, including three men and another woman.
His date did not go as planned. The suspects robbed and beat him, then took his debit card and his car, leaving him while they unsuccessfully tried to take money from his bank account, said Rose Anne Brown, city spokeswoman. They returned to the home and gave him his car but followed him to 45th Street and Interstate 95 and left him there.
Once alone, the man called police. When officers arrived to the site of the attack, where one suspect lives, “they were still there,” Brown said.
Arrested were Darius Curry, 20, Essence Nelson, 18, and Lamark Grays, 24, all of Riviera Beach, who were being held at the Palm Beach County jail without bail late Saturday. Charges include aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, carjack, false imprisonment, robbery with a firearm, and obstruction of a criminal investigation.