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Two Charged with Armed Robbery After Luring Victim on Dating App

suspects Ricardo Perez-Davila, 25 and Darquis Byers, 21 of Racine have been charged with Armed Robbery with Use of Force. Both defendants received a $2,000 cash bond after appearing in Racine Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon. Their Preliminary hearing is scheduled on August 31, 2016

According to the criminal complaint, on August 20,2016, Investigators with the Racine Police Department became involved with an armed robbery that occurred in the 1200 block of Villa Street. Investigators learned that the victim came up from Kenosha to meet with a woman he had been talking to on the dating website “Plenty of Fish”. Once the victim arrived outside the address he made contact and was  instructed to go to the rear door of a residence on that block. While in the backyard the victim was approached by the defendants who pulled a gun on him and robbed him of his cell phone and ran into a residence on that street.

The criminal complaint states that Investigators interviewed the woman who is a 16 year old female who said she had been chatting with the victim when PEREZ took her phone and recognized the victim and have been “beefing with him” and began messaging him in attempts to set him up. The female states that she tried to get her phone back but the defendant would not return it to her and went outside. She stated that Byers was involved as she told him what Perez was doing and had set the victim up. After the robbery the defendants came inside the residence and stated they “got him”.

Investigators learned that the residence was rented by BYERS who signed a consent to search and a black BB gun and the victims cell phone was recovered.

When Investigators interview PEREZ, he allegedly stated he did not know how to spell his name, didn’t know his address and said he was living with his brother BYERS. PEREZ explained he had just gotten out of prison on a home invasion that was dropped down to an armed robbery. BYERS told Investigators that he had been asleep the entire time of the incident. The victim was able to positively identify the defendants in a photo line up, the criminal complaint reads.