A man who made online arrangements to meet a woman for a last-minute New Year’s Eve date was carjacked, robbed and severely beaten instead, according to Anaheim police.
The victim arranged a date via an “online dating service” and text messages at 9 p.m. Dec. 31, but when he went to meet his prospective date, he was greeted by two men who assaulted him, according to a police news release issued Thursday.
DeJohn Mitchell, 20, and Donnis Grimes, 21, allegedly met the unidentified victim in the 800 block of South Cornwall Drive, assaulting him with a knife and a “simulated handgun” and forcing him to drive to multiple ATMs and withdraw money, according to the Anaheim Police Department.
The victim was beaten so severely that several of his facial bones and his nose were broken, police stated. He was forced from his vehicle, and Mitchell and Grimes allegedly drove away in the car.
Detectives arrested Mitchell, Grimes and the woman who allegedly contacted the victim, 20-year-old Alexis Songbryd, on Wednesday. The carjacked vehicle was recovered in Westminster.
Detectives believe the threesome has committed such crimes previously, and police were asking anyone with information about similar incidents to contact Sgt. Rich La Rochelle at 714-765-1528 or email@example.com.
The three suspects were set to be arraigned Friday. They were being held on $1 million bail at the Anaheim jail, according to the Police Department.