CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two men have been arrested after a string of dating app related assaults.
According to police, 20-year-old Cebric Moten and 20-year-old Darius Hines are both facing two counts of aggravated robbery following these incidents. Moten is currently being held in the Madison County Jail for similar crimes he allegedly committed in Jackson in 2018. Hines is currently at the Montgomery County Jail.
Detective Michael Patterson tells News 2 charges stem from at least three incidents where the men would meet victims online, proceed to meet them in person, and would physically assault and then rob the victims. Detective Patterson said at least two of the victims are male. Victims were injured during these assaults. These incidents took place between August 21 and 24.
According to court records obtained by Clarksville Now, one incident occurred at a hotel room at the Baymont Inn on Holiday Drive. Court records say the victim was tied up with an extension cord and threatened with a glass beer bottle. The suspects allegedly forced the victim to unlock his phone and one of the suspects transferred $400 from his CashApp account into one of the suspect’s accounts.
Another robbery occurred on August 23 at the Clarksville Speedway on Needmore Road. Court records state a victim was approached by an unknown man outside of his apartment and was offered a ride. The victim was then taken to the Speedway and allegedly threatened and assaulted with a hammer and liquor bottle. The victim was hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Detective Patterson wants to warn both males and females to always meet in a public, well-lit spot when meeting someone in person for the first time. He also recommends trusting your gut instinct if things don’t feel right.
According to a release from police, the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.