‘First date’ robbery in the park was a set-up, the police says

A “first date” robbery in a suburb of St. Louis turned out to be held, police said.


First dates usually go really great, or really bad. A St. Louis-area man unfortunately wound up with the latter last month after he asked to meet a woman he had been talking to online.

The police said the unidentified victim and his girlfriend, Chloe Garner, were hanging out 25 May in a park in Maplewood, Mo., when they were approached by a stranger asking for spare change, FOX 2 Now reported.

The stranger, later identified as Keyon Owens, left after the couple said that they had no money, the station reported, quoting the police.

But when Owens returned, he pulled a gun and “demanded that the victim take off parts of his clothing,” police told the station.

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“So, he took his pants off and his shoes off. The female removed her cell phone and a small change and put it on the stands,” Detective Dave Brown said.

Garner made out of the starting blocks, while Owens was rummaging through the victim’s clothing. But Owens fired a shot in her direction, police said.

When authorities later questioned Garner, it became clear this was not just bad luck, it was all set in scene.

Garner eventually told the police she knew Owens, and that they came to the park together, to the station. Owens blamed the whole thing on Garner.

“According to Chloe it was a part of their plan. It would eliminate her as a part of it. This man would fire a round in her direction,” Brown said.

Both Owens and Garner were accused of one count of robbery and one count of armed criminal action.

It is safe to say that there is probably no second date.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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