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Man robbed in chat line scam

A District man was robbed at gunpoint in Arlington on Sunday night by three men as he went to visit a woman he met on a phone chat line, police said.

The man, 32, met a woman on a phone chat line Sunday afternoon, and after speaking, she gave him her personal cellphone number, police said.

He called her and they arranged to meet to “hang out” at what she said was her apartment about 11 p.m., said Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. When the victim arrived at the apartment building, in the 5200 block of South Eighth Road, he was met by the woman and a friend of hers, Sternbeck said.

He followed them into a courtyard of the apartment, where three armed men wearing hoodies were waiting. The women left, and one of the robbers hit the victim over the head and told him to empty his pockets. They stole $300, his phone, jacket, shoes and car keys, Sternbeck said.

He sustained minor injuries from being hit on the head. Police have not made any arrests in the case.


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