Crime

Woman's Online Date Allegedly Raped Her At Gunpoint

| by Sheena Vasani
NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal.NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal.

A woman was reportedly raped Jan.11 at gunpoint by her eHarmony date in New York City.

The 28-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, told police she and a man, who called himself Jeremy Kent, arranged to meet inside New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, reports the New York Post.

On meeting him, she said he immediately asked her to go to a hotel with him. The woman declined and Kent allegedly then stuck a gun in her back

She said he forced her into a secluded part of Port Authority and raped her near abandoned train tracks, but she could not specify the exact location.

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“She’s from out of town and could only say that she saw train tracks,” an anonymous source told the New York Post.

Afterwards, the woman escaped and ran to a fire truck for help. She was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police are now looking for the man and trying to obtain a warrant so they can access his eHarmony records in case Jeremy Kent is not his real name.

According to CNN, this is not the first time a woman has been raped after using an online dating site.

In 2011, a woman sued Match.com, prompting the website’s comments then that it would screen to check for sex offenders. EHarmony claimed at the time it was already screening its members.

The eHarmony site does warn members to use good judgment, stating that just relying on its screening process isn’t safe enough. The site says in one blog entry:

“While we’re always looking to do more with the latest screening technologies and resources, it’s important to keep in mind that you also play an important role. Unfortunately, registries can be incomplete or inaccurate, assaults and other crimes often go unreported, and perpetrators of crimes are not always convicted.” 

The site also gives detailed online dating safety tips. These include carrying a fully charged cellphone with accessible emergency contacts, limiting alcohol consumption, telling relatives or friends where you are at all times, meeting dates in public and taking it slowly.

Sources: New York Post, CNN, eHarmony / Photo credit: eHarmony/Facebook, Jason Kuffer/Flickr