Man robbed when he goes to meet woman he met on dating website
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org March 28, 2013 1:18PM
Updated: May 1, 2013 2:22PM
An Illinois man thought he was driving to Merrillville to pick up a woman he met on a dating website but instead found himself locked in a trunk after she and another local man kidnapped him at gunpoint.
A U.S. District judge on Wednesday found probable cause against Diamond Toney, 19, and Dedrick Bufkin, 20, both of Merrillville, after they did not fight a probable cause affidavit filed against them in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.
The affidavit claims Toney met the victim, identified only as K.B., on the dating website pof.com on March 17. After chatting for about three days, the two agreed to meet and Toney asked if K.B., of Sauk Village, Ill., would pick her up at the corner of Whitcomb Street and 73rd Avenue because she didn’t have a car and wasn’t comfortable giving K.B. her address.
K.B. showed up on the morning of March 20 and found K.B. — and Bufkin pointing a gun at him through his window, according to the affidavit.
Bufkin and Toney then tied K.B. up, stole his wallet, $100 in cash and cell phone and locked him in the trunk, where they kept him for four to five hours as they plotted other robberies and stopped at a local gas station, Meijer and other stores. They eventually let him go, telling him where he could find his keys.
K.B. then called police, who identified Toney from her pof.com picture and found both her and Bufkin at Toney’s house, where they were arrested.
The two, who have been ordered held without bond, are scheduled to be arraigned April 23.