Virginia police use dating site OKCupid to set up an arrest sting

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 20:24 EDT
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Cops use dating site to catch Virginia man with arrest warrant [WWBT-TV]
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Police in Richmond, Virginia say a 24-year-old man picked the wrong time to be punctual, allowing him to be arrested on a warrant for missing court appearances.

WWBT-TV reported on Tuesday that authorities arrested Ryan Covington at a local restaurant, where he believed he was going on a blind date with a woman he met on the dating site OKCupid. But in reality, “Sasha,” was a fake profile created by Lt. Daniel Minton.

Covington, who was already on probation for two drug-related charges, missed a court date after being arrested for allegedly breaking and entering into a vehicle in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood.

“He wasn’t wanted for a very violent crime,” Minton told WWVB. “But to the people in the neighborhood where he lives, you know, they want him off the street.”

After exchanging messages for about a week, Covington agreed to meet “Sasha.” Minton told WWVB that he told the suspect to watch for someone wearing a black turtleneck and red skirt. Instead, Minton wore his uniform for the real meeting.

“He kept saying ‘I’m supposed to be meeting someone here on a blind date’,” Minton told WWVB. “I said ‘Well, you have a warrant for your arrest. You’re coming with us instead.”

Covington is now due back in court in January to address missing his earlier court dates, and faces a separate hearing in March on the drug charges.

Watch WWVB’s story on the unusual capture, aired on Tuesday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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