VIRGINIA BEACH — Police are searching for people accused of robbing a man and leaving him beaten and unconscious in a Virginia Beach park.
The victim came to the Brock Environmental Center, located at 3663 Marlin Bay Drive, on April 4 because he was planning to meet a woman named “Amanda” who he’d met via a Craigslist ad, according to documents filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.
The pair began chatting on April 2, and agreed to meet up the next day via text. When the victim came to the home address “Amanda” gave him, located in the 2100 block of Dinwiddie Road, she texted him and said she was nervous, and he left.
The pair agreed they could try to meet up again later. On April 4, he went to their arranged meeting place, the Brock Environmental Center, and sat on a bench to wait, court documents state.
After a few minutes, the victim decided to leave. As he was headed to his car, two people came out of a dark area of the park and said they were police officers. The victim put up his hands, and the people assaulted him, stealing his cellphone, keys and electronic cigarette.
The assault knocked the victim unconscious and fractured his eye socket.
Later, the victim got an email from the same address used by “Amanda.” It said that the assailants were the emailer’s employees and the author “apologized if they roughed him up too severely,” according to court documents.
The author of the email also claimed to have the victim’s belongings, and said they would be returned if the victim “made a donation,” court documents state.
Later, the victim’s brother and mom were called by an unknown person saying they’d found the victim’s belongings and wanted to return them. The victim called that number, but did not get a response.
No one has been arrested in connection with the assault and robbery. Anyone with information on these crimes should call the Virginia Beach Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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