A Perris man was arrested Monday for allegedly posing as a woman on an Internet-based dating site for the purpose of luring men to a location where he could rob them.
Gary Glen House, 20, was booked on suspicion of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery in connection with a series of hold-ups in the 2800 block of Jean Marie Way.
According to Riverside County sheriff's officials, House was identified after he allegedly tried to rob a man at gunpoint around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
The victim, whose identity was not released, had gone to Jean Marie Way expecting to meet a woman for a date that had been arranged via an undisclosed website, said sheriff's Sgt. Ron Hoxmeier.
When the man arrived for the rendezvous, he was instead confronted by a gunman, who demanded his money and belongings, the sergeant said. The victim fled without handing over anything.
According to Hoxmeier, a series of similar robberies have occurred in the area recently, but investigators were unable to gather enough evidence to make an arrest until Monday.
House was taken into custody without incident at his residence in the 500 block of Granite View Drive, just around the corner from where the hold-ups occurred, the sergeant said.
He's being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. Bail
information was not immediately available.
—City News Service
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