TAMPA, FL - As if dating wasn’t scary enough, Police have charged four people with murder after one of them allegedly lured a 27-year-old man on a dating site before robbing and killing him.
Adam Hilarie’s roommate found him dead Friday in their Florida apartment. Detectives determined that Hilarie met a woman, Hailey Bustos, on the dating site “Plenty of Fish.” They believe Bustos went to Hilarie’s apartment with the intent of casing the place and plotted to return to the apartment with three men to rob him later in the evening.
The robbery ended with Hilarie being fatally shot while the suspects stole multiple items and electronics from his apartment.
We know this story is enough to keep anyone from looking for love online. But if you are going to online date BE SAFE. Do your research on the person to make sure they are who they say they are. Meet in a public place, never your home. Take a picture of your date and send it to a friend with details about your whereabouts. Most importantly, take it slow.
We hope senseless tragedies like this can be avoided in the future.