An Arizona man arrived at a hotel for what he thought was a Tinder date, but it turned out to be an armed robbery in which a couple stole his personal belongings and thousands of dollars.
Jose Sandoval Jaquez, 32, and Crystal Hulsey, 33, were arrested in connection with the robbery after several days on the run.
The victim showed up at an Embassy Suites hotel room in Phoenix last month after matching with a woman whose Tinder profile said her name was “Sonya,” according to Phoenix police.
When he reached the room, Jaquez pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his property. The victim handed over his cell phone, ID card, social media accounts, PIN and bank account information.
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The victim was then ordered to drive the suspects to a nearby Chase Bank. The suspects took off in the car.
“The victim stated that $900 was taken from Chase Bank on Sept. 17 from the drive-thru, and a total of $3,000 had been taken from his account since the initial incident,” the police report said, FOX 10 reported.
Jaquez and Hulsey were identified as suspects a few days later. Authorities said the couple used their real names to reserve the hotel room, and the victim provided bank statements showing Zelle and Cash App withdrawals from his account using partial usernames that investigators were able to match with profiles of the suspects.
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The couple drove the car to California and Las Vegas, where officers in Las Vegas found the vehicle with a gray gun inside on September 25.
Days later, Phoenix police discovered an online escort ad with Hulsey’s phone number and set up a meeting point. While police waited for Hulsey, they identified her in a Nissan Rogue driven by Jaquez at a La Quinta Inn.
The police tried to apprehend the suspects, but the duo drove off. Jaquez and Hulsey were seen speeding and driving on the wrong side of the road, police said.
During the pursuit, the pair stopped and carjacked the driver of another vehicle before driving off in that car.
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The chase stretched through several towns before the pair, who were driving on the wrong side of the road, collided with another vehicle. They attempted to hijack another vehicle but were unable to do so before the police took them into custody.
Jaquez and Hulsey both face multiple charges, including assault and armed robbery with a deadly weapon.