MERRILLVILLE | A Merrillville woman used a dating website to woo an Illinois man to her town where an accomplice helped her kidnap the unsuspecting suitor, federal authorities said.
Federal agents executed arrest warrants on Diamond Toney, 19, and her alleged accomplice, Dedrick Bufkin, on Monday with charges of kidnapping, Hammond federal court records show.
On March 17, Toney began an online relationship with the victim, who said he was from Sauk Village, using the dating website, pof.com, federal court records allege.
The website indicates that pof stands for "Plenty Of Fish." The site states that through the "help of a team of PhD's we've created the world's most advanced (date) matching system."
According to the FBI, using the screen name "Spooky300," Toney arranged to meet the victim at the intersection of 73rd Avenue and Whitcomb in Merrillville.
Toney allegedly told the victim she did not want to meet at her residence because she did not know him well enough yet.
The victim drove to the intersection sometime after 10 p.m. March 20 and stopped when he saw Toney walking in the road, court records state.
When the victim pulled over to let Toney into the car, Bufkin approached the car, pointed a gun at the victim and ordered him out of the vehicle and onto the ground, court records allege.
Toney then used string to tie up the victim and restrained his arms, legs and face with duct tape. The victim was loaded and locked into the trunk of his own vehicle, federal authorities allege.
Toney and Bufkin took about $100 cash, a cellphone and wallet from the victim before driving around in the vehicle -- with the victim locked in the trunk -- for four or five hours, court records state.
During the ride, Toney and Bufkin plotted other robberies and made stops at Walmart, Meijer and Save Gas Station in Merrillville, court records allege.
After several hours, Toney and Bufkin let the victim out of the trunk, untaped him and drove away in another vehicle, police said.
The victim contacted Merrillville police, who were able to identify Toney through her Spooky300 online profile.
Police arrested Toney and Bufkin at Toney's residence, and the suspects admitted to the crime, court records state.
Calls placed to pof.com officials by The Times were not returned Monday.