San Jose PD: Suspects create fake Tinder profiles only to carjack, beat victims

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — Five suspects in San Jose are accused of facilitating fake dates with people using the popular dating app Tinder, only to beat, rob and carjack the victims at gunpoint. 

San Jose police say they’ve arrested the five suspects they believe are responsible for a series of armed robberies and carjackings in the city between March 16 and March 29. 

The suspects allegedly set up fake profiles on Tinder, posing as a woman looking for men. The profiles used the names “Becky” and “Victoria,” according to San Jose police. 

The suspects then set up times and dates to meet the victims — usually late in the evening, on secluded streets, police said. 

Once the victim arrived at the location, police say the suspects would beat, rob and carjack the victim at gunpoint while wearing a mask.

The suspects have been arrested on a series of charges, including robbery, carjacking, car theft and hit-and-run. 

Four of the alleged perpetrators were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and the fifth suspect, a minor, was booked into juvenile hall. 

The four adult suspects have been identified as Bryan Gonzalez, 19, Jonathan Jimenez, 18, Lesly Portillo and Yadira Villarreal, 19. 

Those with information on the suspects or the allegations are asked to contact San Jose police. 

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