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Merrillville woman will plead guilty in kidnapping case

Updated: August 27, 2013 10:59PM



A Merrillville woman will plead guilty to her part in the kidnapping of an Illinois man she met on an online dating site.

Diamond Toney faces a mandatory minimum of seven years and up to life in prison on the charge of aiding the brandishing of a gun during a crime of violence, according to a plea agreement filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Toney, 19, and her co-defendant, Dedrick Bufkin, 20, of Merrillville, were arrested in March after their victim, identified as K.B., of Sauk Village, Ill., reported the two had kidnapped him.

The victim met Toney on the dating site Plenty of Fish, and the two chatted for a few days before agreeing to meet in person. Toney asked the victim to pick her up at the corner of 73rd Avenue and Whitcomb Street, as she didn’t have a car and wasn’t comfortable giving him her address.

When the victim got there, Toney greeted him with Bufkin, who was pointing a gun at the victim through the car window. The defendants stole his wallet, tied him up and threw him in the trunk before driving to various other stores.

They finally let him go about four to five hours later and told him where he could find his keys.

Bufkin has already pleaded guilty in the case. A change of plea hearing for Toney had not been set as of Tuesday morning.



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