MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A man who thought he made a new friend through Facebook ended up being held at gunpoint in an organized robbery.
"This is the first I've seen of this particular type of crime where someone was robbed pending Facebook," said Detective Sergeant Richard White of the Maryland Heights Police Department.
Even experienced investigators were surprised by a crime that began with a man exchanging friendly messages with a woman on the social networking site. The victim agreed to meet his new friend in person.
When the victim arrived at the address he was given at the Pavilion Club Apartment Complex in Maryland Heights, where something was not as the man expected.
"He tells us he looked in the window, the apartment appeared to be abandoned to him, so he went down to his vehicle," said Det. Sgt. White. "He calls her and says 'I'm here' and she says 'I'm here.'"
The 21-year-old victim went back to the door of the seemingly abandoned apartment and another man, Bradley Cowan, allegedly drew a weapon on the man and demanded money. Cowan allegedly got away with the victim's wallet, phone and other items.
"When you meet someone on social media for the first time, you don't really know that person. And in this case, the victim didn't know her," White said.
Warrants are still pending to arrest the woman who conspired to rob the victim.