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Online dating meetup turns into home invasion robbery, multi-county pursuit ends in Orange County

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office says Sierra Kennedy was one of several suspects involved in a home invasion robbery on Sunday that led to a multi-county pursuit ending in Orange County on Wednesday.

Her arrest warrant says it started when she and the victim met at his house and had some drinks on Sunday. At some point, there was a knock at the door and Kennedy claimed it was her abusive ex-boyfriend. She opened the door and an armed man entered the house, demanded money and made threats to the victim.

Action News Jax law and safety expert, Dale Carson says be aware when meeting people online.

“This is no longer unusual in the world of criminality,” Carson said. “It’s one thing to meet them in a general population area like a mall or restaurant or a coffee shop, it’s another thing entirely to bring them into your home.”

After giving the accused armed robber $500, the victim realized his online date was working with that robber. The report adds Kennedy joined in on the demands for money before the two eventually left. The victim told investigators he was robbed of $500, his Apple MacBook laptop, and two Apple iPhones.


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