A man who was robbed and murdered had reportedly met a woman through an online dating service who was paid to help arrange the crime.
Adam Hilarie, a 27-year-old man from Central Florida, was killed on Aug. 19, after he met up with Hailey Bustos, 18, who Hilarie had spoken to on dating service PlentyOfFish.
Police say Bustos was paid $50 to arrange for friends to steal the man's TVs, Xbox and iPhone in a robbery that escalated to murder, according to the Miami Herald.
Hilarie and Bustos had met up for a date to go bowling, and later went to Hilarie's house. Bustos reportedly texted the man, "I had a good time and would like to see you again," according to the Orlando Sentinel.
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The next night, she returned to his house with three friends who carried out the robbery, which authorities said ended with Hilarie being shot in the head and dying on his kitchen floor.
"Hilarie was begging for his life, he was not putting up any kind of fight, and was telling them that he had a 5-year-old daughter," said a police report.
Bustos was later arrested in a separate burglary, after after police received a report from a witness who saw Bustos and Hilarie together before his death. Bustos' friends, Andre Warner, 26, Gary Gray, 31, and Joshua Ellington, 26, were also arrested. All four were charged with first-degree murder, as well as conspiracy to commit murder and robbery with a firearm.
After the murder, the men reportedly began "celebrating what they had just done," the police report said. They reportedly stole alcohol, jewelry and marijuana from Hilarie's house. After the robbery, the group got into a fight over money, smashing the TVs, and throwing away the iPhone.
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Bustos was reported to be in the car during the robbery, and didn't know the men would kill Hilarie.
"In cases like this, it's easy for us to put ourselves in the shoes of the family," said Deputy Police Chief Andy Ray. Ray added that he didn't know how the robbery had escalated to a murder.
Ray advised those using internet dating services to be cautious before meeting prospective dates. He suggested running searches on their names, as well as advising against bringing an online date home after the first meeting.
"You just have to remember, you have no idea who you are talking to," said Ray. "They may present themselves as one thing and be someone totally different."